Thursday, October 2, 2014

A trip through the Capital Region foodie revolving door

REVAMPING

• Two of the three local Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen franchises owned by Troy resident Tom Savchick have undergone facelifts. His 900 Central Avenue, Albany, and 1112 State Street, Schenectady, venues have been spruced up with new colors, digital boards and the like. Savchick tells me he is not sure if he will do the same with his 220 Hoosick Street, Troy, spot near the RPI campus, but the age of the building and other considerations are part of the decision-making process. You can get a look at the corporate menu for Popeyes online.

PURCHASING

• A corporation headed by Tess Collins, co-owner of the downtown Irish pub McGeary's, has purchased DiCarlo's Gentlemen's Club, a Colonie strip club whose owner and founder, Sal DiCarlo, died two years ago. The new owners plan to renovate the club and continue its principal activity, and will resume lunch service, according to the Business Review. DiCarlo's is located at 1165 Central Avenue, near the Colonie-Albany line.

CLOSING

• Portofino’s Italian Ristorante, located just off the Latham circle, is no more. Neither its website nor its Facebook page make any mention of the decision. Co-owner Anthony Adonnino quietly made it known  via a conversation with the Times Union. He remains a partner with Louis and Michael Bennice in Home Style Caterers in Schenectady. They have run Portofino's just over two years, having taken over when the venture, which originally had a menu that was an obvious knockoff of that of the popular D'Raymond's in Loudonville, was nine months old. According to Adonnino, anyone with unredeemed gift cards should contact him via e-mail at hspcaterers@aol.com for redemption information.

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