Monday, December 7, 2015

Cohoes museum-to-be opens a restaurant

A Buon Fresco
COHOES -- An overall plan to convert the former Sacred Heart Church in Cohoes into, among other things, a museum and school for frescoe painting as well as space for theater acts has added a 22-seat restaurant.

Renaissance Restaurant is open for business in the basement of the building, located at 175 Park Avenue. It features a simple menu with about a half-dozen or so entrees, and has a full liquor license. The restaurant name is reflective of the House of Angels Renaissance Projects name of the project developer.

Much work has been done on the conversion of the 125-year-old building, centered on preservation of its famous Buon Frescoes. Part of its mission statement says, "The goal is to have master fresco artists from Italy, Russia, and the United States participate in the creation of cross-cultural angels painted in the ancient technique of Buon Fresco on the ceilings and walls of this historical building museum."

Buon Fresco, Italian for "true fresco," is a painting style created by introducing pigment into plaster as the plaster is drying, thus fusing the elements with the resultant look of luminosity.

A series of photographs showing the progress to date as well as information on participating artists and other details are available on the Renaissance Projects website. As described, "Angels on the ceiling, a dance floor at your feet, Venetian-plastered walls, beautiful artwork, awesome acoustics, a new kitchen, contemporary restrooms and plenty of space."

Restaurant hours: 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Phone: 237-2787.

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