Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Today's ride on the Capital Region Foodie-Go-Round


• Elena’s Italian Caffé, which has operated for nearly 30 years at Central and Lexington avenues in Albany, will close after business hours next Wednesday, December 23. Owner Elena Giglio plans to retire after serving the community with popular breakfasts, Italian pastries and coffees. In her retirement announcement, Giglio said, "For the past 28 years this place has been more of a first home to me and my family than a second home, and for the past 20 years the coffee shop has been my life, I have spent more time here than anywhere else and although it was a lot of work and a lot of hours, looking back I wouldn't have had it any other way."

Three Olives Restaurant & Bar has abruptly closed its 2100 Doubleday Avenue (Route 50) location in Ballston Spa. The Italian restaurant opened in 2011. No reason was given on its Facebook page which simply stated it would be closed "indefinetly," and its website has been taken down.

• Capriccio Saratoga, founded in 2011 at 26 Henry Street in Saratoga Springs by Jim Rua and son Franco Rua as an outpost of the elder Rua's long-popular Cafe Capriccio in Albany, is scheduled to close up shop after service on New Year's Eve. According to the Times Union, they plan to concentrate on the Albany restaurant, located downtown at 49 Grand Street. However, they will have a partnership in the business succeeding them, which is ...


• Osteria Danny, a venture by Danny Petrosino, will open in January at the 26 Henry Street location near Congress Park in Saratoga Springs. Petrosino briefly was head chef at Maestro's at the Van Dam, which closed in November, then last week announced a resurrected version to be opened at the McGregor Links Country Club in Wilton. The Times Union quotes Petrosino as saying he will nominally oversee the new Maestro’s restaurant and Symphony Catering at the club, but the majority of his time will be spent at Osteria Danny. Petrosino made his name locally at the tiny Mio Posto, a restaurant now operated by chef Danny Urschel nearby  at 68 Putnam Street. Osteria Danny's phone number is 423-7022.

• Jimmy’s Egg, the breakfast-and-lunch chain that I reported back in July would be coming to the Capital Region, opened this week in the former Brick House Pizza & Grille at 5 Clifton Country Road in Clifton Park. Hours: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.  It is the first location for the chain in the Northeast. According to the company history, "Jimmy’s Egg was started by Loc Le, a Vietnamese refugee who came to America in 1975 seeking asylum, in 1980.  He bought the business from Jim Newman who founded the original Jimmy’s Egg which was a single unit restaurant.  He originally bought the restaurant at the request of his wife, however with four young children to raise his wife realized that she needed help.  So, Le left his job as an inspector on the Santa Fe Railroad to run the small 50-seat restaurant. Since then, the family stores have grown to 14 units in the OKC metro area. in 2008, Loc Le and Jim Burke, who co-founded the Garfield Restaurant chain, launched the franchise partnership and there are now nine company locations and 14 franchise locations in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma." And now, one in New York.


• The latest product recall by the Trader Joe’s chain of food stores was issued today. It involves all codes purchased from November 9 through December 14 of its Triple Ginger Brew (SKU 51857) after reports of unopened bottles potentially bursting. The company says there is no health risk if the ginger brew is consumed. No injuries or illnesses have been reported. The product was distributed to Trader Joe's stores nationwide, and sold in 25.4 fluid ounce (750ml) glass bottles.

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