Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Update: Ex-Marotta's reopens today as Rare Craft Steak

Today's ribbon cutting at Rare (photo provided)
UPDATE (4/26/17): Rare, a steak and cocktail house that emerged from an ownership change at the former Marotta's Bar-Risto in Schenectady, made its official debut today. Click here for the menus. An express lunch offering carries a pledge of being served in 20 minutes or less or it's free. The dinner menu, which offers a variety of decisions for patrons to make, also includes some popular carryover dishes from the Marotta's days.

(Originally published 4/5/17)

Last December, I wrote that Marotta's Bar-Risto in Schenectady had been sold and would reopen as a steakhouse "sometime this spring." Now we have the date.

Josh Mackenberg, former manager of Marotta's, and business partner Joseph Boudreau have announced the reopening of the 611 Union Street venue on Wednesday, April 26, as Rare Craft Steak & Cocktail House.

Today, they began offering a sneak peek at the new menu (the Marotta's menu will continue to be served until the changeover): lemon chicken (lightly breaded chicken cutlets, pan seared and simmered in a lemon/roasted garlic /white wine sauce with capers and artichokes, served  over Parmesan risotto with chef's vegetable; steak fresca pizza (pesto sauce, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and grilled strip steak, finished with goat cheese, basil, and white balsamic drizzle).

Their Facebook message says, "We know that some of you have ... concerns? ... about the new restaurant and the direction of the menu. So, we thought it would be a good idea to introduce things gently. If you're a Marotta's hall of famer you might recognize a mashup of two of our classics in the lemon chicken."

For those who don't want to wait until April 26, "E-mail us at eat@rarerestaurant for an invite to our VIP soft opening the day before. Must e-mail or call to get on that guest list." The phone number is (518) 377-5100.

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