Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Today's ride on the Capital Region foodie-go-round


Gandhi, the 17-year-old Indian restaurant located at 1 Central Avenue in Albany, is closed. No word on why, or whether a successor restaurant will take the space, although a cryptic sign in the window says "coming soon" without specifying what is coming. There is no word of the closing on either the restaurant's website or its Facebook page.

Hiro's, which opened four decades ago as the Capital Region's first Japanese restaurant, apparently is closed. The restaurant, located at 1933 Central Avenue in Colonie, has made no public announcement about its status, but it has taken down its website, its Facebook page is long out of date, and no one answers the phone. That adds up to to a distinct sayonara.


• The new Innovo Kitchen restaurant won't be the lone food purveyor at the new retail shopping plaza at 1214 Troy Schenectady Road in Latham. The onetime bowling center will welcome a seafood store called Hooked Seafood Company, probably in December. It will be located in the Galleria 7 Market at that plaza. It is a project of Katie Haskins, briefly the chef at Fin - Your Fishmonger in Guilderland, and her husband Luke.


• The Johnny Rockets chain, perhaps reacting to the ongoing expansion in the number of competitive burger-centric restaurants in the marketplace, today announced the appointment of its first director of culinary innovation. Calvin Harris graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, Dutchess County, and previously worked in culinary development at Burger King, Arby’s and TGI Friday. Most recently, he founded food manufacturing and distributing companies, including Harris Food Company and Benevida Foods. Johnny Rockets is a 340-unit casual-dining burger chain that operates restaurants in 26 countries. Among its 15 New York State locations are Crossgates Mall in Guilderland and Six Flags-Great Escape in Queensbury.

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