Friday, January 22, 2016

Brick House Tavern + Tap opening Tuesday in Latham

A typical Brick House Tavern + Tap
UPDATE (1/22/16): The newest chain restaurant in Latham, the Brick House Tavern & Tap, will open Tuesday. It takes the place of the same company's Joe’s Crab Shack that it shuttered in September after a weak three-year run. The restaurant is located at 579 Troy-Schenectady Road at the entrance to the Latham Farms shopping complex. It will serve lunch and dinner daily, opening at 11 a.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. weekends. Information on the menu appears below in my original September story. Phone: 785-0472. 

(Originally published 9/3/15)

Latham may be getting yet another chain restaurant, but such a development will not increase the number of chain venues that call it home.

Back in December I wrote,"If you're a fan of Romano's Macaroni Grill or Joe's Crab Shack, you may want to consider dining at those chain restaurants a little more often. Ignite Restaurant Group, the parent company for the two brands as well as for Brick House Tavern + Tap, is on a put-up or close-up kick."

That corporate decision seems about to kick in. The Joe's Crab Shack in Latham, which opened three years ago this month, never has had the appearance of being a big hit, with the parking lot showing lots of empty even during peak hours. Now, Ignite is advertising for a contractor to convert the venue to a Brick House Tavern + Tap.

Ignite has seven other Joe's locations in New York State, but this would be only its second Brick House. The existing one is in the Buffalo suburb of Amherst. Nationwide, there now are 23 Brick House restaurants.

Brick House's food menu offers such items as Asian Duck Wraps (sautéed duck confit, shaved carrots, napa cabbage, cilantro, shiitake mushrooms with house made hoisin peanut sauce, crispy wonton strips, chili mustard sauce and bibb lettuce), Moroccan Stacked Up (white bean purée, harissa, yogurt, oven roasted tomatoes, smashed avocados, smoked cheddar and chopped olives served with grilled naan), Drunken Pork Meatballs (housemade ground pork meatballs, bacon, buttermilk, Tabasco with whiskey barbecue glaze, jalapeño bacon cornbread, and fried shallots), and Prosciutto Wrapped Meatloaf (scratch-made meatloaf with ground chuck, veal, and Italian sausage wrapped in prosciutto, topped with sweet chili ketchup, served with mushroom gravy and cheddar mashed potatoes) among its appetizers and entrees, as well as salads, sandwiches, and pizzas.

You can get a look at the full Brick House cocktail and food menus on its company website.


  1. Grafmil writes (via Dowd On Drinks):

    The definitions of “homemade” and “scratch-made”?? Where are they made, on premises or someplace far away and shipped here frozen?

  2. Anti-anti-chain People (via e-mail):

    Sounds like the usual knee-jerk anti-chain remark. "Local" and "independent" are absolutely no guarantee of quality, just as "chain" is not an automatic indictment, or shouldn't be.