Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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



REVAMPING

• What is arguably the oldest fish fry operation in the Capital Region is getting a long-needed facelift. The Schenectady icon usually referred to as Anker's Fish Fry even though its sign says Ankers Fish & Chicken House, was created in the early 1950s by Lew Anker. He sold it in 1992 to Bob Servidone. Nothing had been done to upgrade the building over the years, and, as Servidone tells Times Union columnist Marv Cermak, "We've been holding parts of it together with duct tape." The venue is getting a new kitchen and refrigeration units, and an inside dining area, something it does not have since its essentially is a takeout operation. A covered patio also will be added for warm-weather service. Anker's is located at 420 Altamont Avenue and Avenue M. Phone: 382-8842.

EXCHANGING

• Fans of McDonald's $1 menu need to find something else to like. The fast-food chain is hoping its new "2 for $2" offer will be it. Instead of the discount "Dollar Menu & More," customers now will be offered through January 4 their pick of two of these items for $2: a McDouble, a McChicken, small French fries, and mozzarella sticks. The dollar menu had been offered for more than a decade. After January 4, McDonald's says, it may change the details of the new offering, but will maintain that price point.

DEPARTING

• Viewers of the public TV cooking show "America's Test Kitchen" probably won't notice much change, but readers of its companion magazine Cook's Illustrated will. Christopher Kimball, who founded the company that owns the two entities, is severing ties with the company over a contract disagreement. He will continue to host the TV show through 2016 and remain a minority owner of the company, but have no operational role, according to a report in The New York Times. Kimball, easily recognizable for his bow ties and round eyeglasses, published the first issue of the magazine in the early 1990s, added the TV show in 2001, and the company today also owns the "Cook's Country" TV show and magazine, three websites, and an online cooking show.

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