Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Today's ride on the Capital Region foodie-go-round
Bel Cibo, closed for renovations since a fire last March caused four fatalities in two neighboring apartments and the restaurant was heavily damaged by water poured onto the blaze, is set to reopen the first week in December. Owner Jeanette Massaro had just opened the 96 Jay Street, Schenectady, location after moving Bel Cibo from the Jay Street Marketplace when the fire occurred. Cosmetic work will be completed over the next few weeks on the redone venue that has expanded to take over the former Persian Bites that moved to 703 Union Street. While the original Bel Cibo will remain a restaurant, the extra space will be used for a specialty food boutique.
Zpizza International Inc. is adopting something some independent pubs have been trying for a few years -- making customers their own bartenders by installing self-service beer technology. Zpizza converted three of its units into tap rooms by installing 10 to 20 taps. After customer IDs are scanned, they can open a digital tab and pour their own draft, paying by the fluid ounce. That allows them to taste an ounce or two of different options. The result: At the tap room units, alcohol sales have reached as high as 20% of the unit's revenue. In other units without the taps, that figure is about 2%.
Staff William M. Dowd at 4:27 PM