Monday, November 30, 2015

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


• The latest incarnation of the coffee cafe located next to the Spectrum 8 Theatres at 292 Delaware Avenue in Albany is up and running in soft-opening mode. The grand opening for the Delaware Trolley House and Cafe is scheduled for Tuesday, December 8. The business is owned by Anton Pasquill of the Hudson River Coffee House in Albany, and business partner Joe Bonilla of the marketing firm Relentless Awareness. The cafe, originally under the same ownership as the Spectrum as the Ultraviolet Cafe, has been a satellite of the Madison Avenue-headquartered Tierra Coffee Roasters for two-plus years. Among menu items that jumped out at me are a couple of breakfast sandwiches -- chorizo, cheddar and an egg on a biscuit; roasted pork, egg and pepper jack cheese with Thai sweet chili. Hours: 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.


Dave's Gourmet & Exotic Burgers is no more, and the auctioning off of its equipment today put an exclamation point on that. The three-year-old business, located at 53 Fuller Road, Colonie, was owner Dave Kahn's successor to his original Burger Centric at 250 Delaware Avenue, Albany. He gave no public reason, and his auction ad merely says "Restaurant forced to close." The restaurant had been known for its unusual meats, such as armadillo, llama, and ostrich, in addition to the standard beef and turkey offerings.


• Experienced chefs who can handle a wide variety of cuisines could have a shot at cooking in one of Albany's top restaurants that has just lost another top lieutenant. According to an ad on craigslist, the dual operations/single kitchen (seen at right) Yono's and dp An American Brasserie is looking for a chef de cuisine to fill the spot left vacant by Steve Kernzer who left at the end of last week. Whoever fills the position will be working under chef-owner Yono Purnomo. In August, Oleg Jerusalemski, Purnomo's executive sous chef for 23 years, resigned. The ad states, "Ideal candidates will have a minimum of six years experience in a fine dining restaurant with three years of experience as an Executive Sous Chef, Chef de Cuisine or Executive Chef." The restaurants are located in the Hampton Inn & Suites at 25 Chapel Street in downtown Albany. Phone: 436-7747.


Menu additions at chains operating in the greater Capital Region.

Wendy's (available as of today) --  Gouda Bacon Cheeseburger, pictured  (beef patty topped with Gouda cheese, warm Gruyère sauce, garlic aioli, three strips of applewood-smoked bacon, red onions, tomatoes and spring mix, served on a brioche bun, $4.99), Bacon Fondue Fries (potato fries drizzled with Gruyère cheese sauce and topped with applewood smoked bacon, $1.99).

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