Monday, May 1, 2017

Amsterdam to get casual restaurant near Pedestrian Bridge

Marker shows site of project. (Google Earth)
New restaurants are not a common thing in Montgomery County. That's what makes a project near the new Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Pedestrian Bridge in Amsterdam so interesting.

Rob Zykes and Rick Insogna have received approval from the county Planning Board to build a casual cafe/restaurant at 2 River Street in Amsterdam. The project already had been OKd by the Amsterdam Planning Commission. They will build the 2,000-square-foot structure which will be occupied  by a tenant who will run the cafe. It will have approximately 400 square feet of seating and 10 parking spaces, two of which are designated handicapped.

As part of the project, the father-and-son team plan beautification landscaping as well as replacement of the sidewalks near River Street.

Whether it will be a seasonal or year-round operation will be up to the tenant, said Insogna, the son. “I think it totally ties into what the city’s vision is, which is to put private investment down there which will draw people in.”

He said he envisions a tenant who will offer light fare such as burgers, hot dogs, ice cream and the like, characterizing it as something along the lines of a smaller version of Jumping Jack's in nearby Scotia. Excavation work is expected to begin as early as next week.

The new Pedestrian Bridge is a 30-foot-wide public walkway that spans 511 feet over the Mohawk River.
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