Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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


• The Capital Region's first DQ Grill & Chill restaurant is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. this Thursday. It is located at 1652 Central Avenue in Colonie, formerly the longtime site of Lake Electronics.

Unlike the original Dairy Queen ice cream stand concept, the broader footprint of the chain's new style includes a drive-through window and a menu of traditional fast food fare in addition to its well known ice cream items. The new venue seats 72 and will seat 12 outdoors in season.

• Tea Plus, a small bakery cafe, has joined several other small foodie operations in the St. John Plaza at 1683 Route 9 in Clifton Park. The newcomer offers bubble teas (a Taiwanese tea-based drink) and regular teas, Chinese pastries, and some hot items such as samosas and fried dumplings.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Closed Tuesdays. Phone: 952-6676.

• The Union Tandoori Grill is open for business at 1599 Union Street, Schenectady, former home to the La Cucina pizzeria. The mostly-takeout spot has a small, low-priced menu, with a rotating list of entrees.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Phone: 346-7447.


• Looking for restaurant jobs to get started in the industry, or to rack up enough experience to help with admission to a college-level program, or because you're already in the biz but don't like your current role? There are quite a few openings at various levels at both independent and chain restaurants in the greater Capital Region (Lake George to Hudson) currently listed on Craigslist. Just in time to earn a few bucks for Christmas shopping. 

Habitually, most of the independents don't put their names on their ads, but among chain spots not afraid to ID themselves are 99 Restaurant, Panera Bread, Cheesecake Factory, Ruby Tuesday, Olive Garden, and Red Robin.

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