Friday, January 8, 2016

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


GRAND OPENING

• A new Saratoga Springs restaurant called Spa City Trifecta at the Pink Store held an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony today. The new venture is located at 119 Clinton Street, near Skidmore College, where Spa City Pizza once did business. The "trifecta" in the name certainly should appeal to college students: barbecue, ramen, and burgers. And, the "pink store" portion of the name emphasizes something that probably doesn't need emphasis -- the shocking pink exterior. You can see the full menu here. Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays. Phone: 584-384.

CHANGING

• The entrepreneurial restaurateur Matt Baumgartner is making an interesting change. The first franchise of his Bombers Burrito Bar chain was abruptly closed by franchisees Tami and Damon Dzembo in Troy in November. Rather than try another Bombers franchise in the same King Street location opposite the Green Island Bridge, Baumgartner and business partners Jimmy Vann and Demetra Vann will convert the property to another Wolff's Biergarten. The re-do, expected to be completed by spring, will include the addition of garage doors such as those at his other Biergarten locations and some decor modifications. (One report says it is possible the patio will be expanded. However, that may be a problem since the acquisition from the City of Troy of the strip of land on which the current patio sits raised some eyebrows about the procedure that took place and any expansion certainly will be closely scrutinized by the new administration.) Troy will be home to the fourth Biergarten, along with locations in Albany, Schenectady and Syracuse. Baumgartner also owns Bombers Burrito Bars in Albany and Schenectady, and the Olde English Pub & Pantry in Albany.

CLOSING

• The pan-Asian restaurant Ninja has closed after a mere eight-month run at 11-13 North Broadway in Schenectady. Gift cards will be honored at its sibling restaurant, Mr. Wasabi, 1671 Upper Union Street. Owner Jackie Chen told The Gazette he will open another restaurant in the North Broadway spot in a few months.

• Greenhouse Chopped Salad Company has closed its original 50 North Pearl Street, Albany, location which has been in business for about 10 years. Its two-year-old location at 33 Railroad Place in Saratoga Springs remains in operation.

• Bun & Bean, a quick-serve casual food spot at 848 Madison Avenue near Ontario has closed. It had been in business only eight months.

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