Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A trip through the Capital Region's foodie revolving door


 CHANGING

• The 12-story Albany building that is home to Angelo's 677 Prime and a variety of other businesses has been sold -- for $33 million. A group of Brooklyn investors, operating under the names Shelbourne Albany LLC and Shelbourne Broadway LLC purchased the 170,000-square-foot structure from Columbia Development Companies. The building, erected in 2005, reportedly cost $28.5 million to build and several million more was invested in retrofitting for new tenants, according to a story in the Business Review. It is not expected that the sale will affect 677 Prime, owned and operated by Mazzone Management at the 677 Broadway location.

• The octopus sign in front of the Reel Seafood Company restaurant on Colonie's Wolf Road prompts two schools of thought: (1) It's very imaginative and attracts the eye, and (2) Oh, God, make it go away! Well, it's going away. Owner Aliki Serras has ordered a new sign for the lawn as part of her ongoing reimagining of the business she bought from her father, LeGrande Serras, in January. He  founded it in 1983; it then was spelled Real Seafood (that was changed as part of a complicated business deal involving a relative's out-of-state venue). The younger Serras, 29, has had the interior renovated, the menu reinvigorated and is on her second executive chef this year. Besides the signage change, the awning, facade and landscaping will be freshened. Serras told the Business Review she has plans to eventually expand the 195 Wolf Road building to create a small-events banquet space.

• If you have visited the recently-opened Burger 21 in Latham -- the chain's first New York State venue -- and liked the fare, don't get too comfortable with the menu. The chain -- which is owned by the same company that owns The Melting Pot -- on Tuesday announced it has named its first dedicated corporate chef. He is Mike Remes, who has been with the young chain for about four years. His role will be to manage all aspects of the brand’s menu development, including its monthly featured burgers and shakes, while overseeing training and operations for all new restaurant openings across the country. Since several more locations are planned for the Capital Region, he'll be involved with them. Last month, Remes introduced one of his first new burger creations at all Burger 21 locations -- the Bayou Burger, which is available through this Saturday. On Sunday, a Fried Green Tomato Burger will be introduced and available through October 20. The Latham location is at 622 New Loudon Road (Route 9) in the cluster of new buildings that also houses the Jimmy John's sandwich chain, a Dunkin' Donuts, and locally-owned Bellini's and Bellini's Counter.

RETURNING

• Summer is, for all practical purposes over, and people will be returning to heartier eating. With that in mind, B-Rad's Bistro & Catering is planning to resume its popular "Hangover Brunch" served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Owner Brad Stevens says the implementation date is October 18, but he's not unveiling that menu just yet. B-Rads is located at 1809 5th Avenue in Troy. Phone: 326-4041.

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