Chester's Smokehouse has scheduled an official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. The festivities will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February, 2. Attendees will be able to taste any of the more than 80 house-made meats and house-smoked cheeses available for sale. Chester's, a European-style deli and butcher, is located at 15 Watervliet Avenue, Albany. It is owned by Chester Rozycki. Phone: 650-6642.
Shagorika has opened in the 1 Central Avenue space that for many years was home to the restaurant Gandhi. The new venture is owned by Mohammed Faroque, a native of Bangladesh who also owns the grocery Amina Bangla Bazaar at 21 Central. Shagorika features dishes from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. (Ignore the dishes listed on the website. They apparently are for design purposes only.) In an interview with Blogging the Avenue, Faroque said, "I asked people from my community what they are missing, and they say 'homestyle food'." He is offering low-cost dishes, including a lunch special that will allow people to order anything on the menu for $5. "I don't want to do a buffet, but they can fill a container for $5," he said. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Phone: 465-7777.
Davidson Brothers Restaurant and Brewery is jumping on the no-tipping bandwagon. The venue, located at 184 Glen Street in Glens Falls, is adding an 18% surcharge in the dining room -- which, some may argue, is the same as tipping from a consumer's point of view -- while servers will be paid both an hourly wage and a commission based on sales. The restaurant, which this year will mark its 20th anniversary, is owned by Rick and John Davidson. Says Rick, "The bottom line was for our own economic survival, this has to happen. It’s one way and the only way that will benefit our customers and our employees.”
e-mail Jessica Tanner at the food bank. There will be two admission times, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Ticket, available at all Price Chopper locations, are $20 ($5 for kids ages 5 to 12, free for younger than 5). Price Chopper tickets, which will be good for admission at either time, will be capped at 2,000; any tickets beyond that will sold at the food bank’s Latham headquarters (965 Albany-Shaker Road, near Route 7) and will be good for admission at 12:30 p.m. only.
• The Blue Flower Thai Restaurant is under development in the 144 Washington Avenue, Albany. That entity was registered with the state as a limited liability corporation on September 21, 2015. The address was the longtime home of the original El Mariachi restaurant, which has gone from a high point of three venues to a single one, on Hamilton Street in Albany.