Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Openings & Closings & Etc. (updated)

• The latest reports on restaurant openings, closings and transitions from the Greater Capital Region, including the Catskills, Southern Vermont and the Berkshires.


Slidin' Dirty, which began as a food truck operation before opening its first bricks-and-mortar restaurant, in Troy, will open its new Schenectady location at 512 State Street on Thursday. Owners Tim and Brooke Taney and local officials will hold a grand opening event at 4 p.m. The 4,000-square-foot space includes a bar, seating for 110 people and an outdoor patio.

a la Mode, a frozen yogurt and specialty waffles shop from Angelo Mazzone's PRIME Business Dining, opened today on  the concourse level of the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

• In a fairly quick turnaround, a Colonie restaurant damaged by a June 10 fire is planning to reopen sometimes this week. Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill, located at 1557 Central Avenue just west of Wolf Road, is awaiting the outcome of final inspections. The restaurant was evacuated during the Saturday night dinner hour 16 days ago, and the fire was quickly contained. Curiously, I can find no updates on the situation on the business's Facebook page or website.

• A blast from the past. A casual breakfast-and-lunch venue called Mike’s Neba has opened at 16 Edison Avenue, Schenectady, in the former longtime location of Vic's Diner. The new venture is owned by the Campana family, who had a Mike’s-Neba franchise in the 1990s and apparently retained the rights to the name and recipes, including the signature hot roast beef sandwich. The original Mike's was started in Albany in 1957 by Mike Davis as Mike’s Submarines, and he later created the Neba Roast Beef Sandwiches brand. Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Phone: (518) 901-0219.


• An unusual, for this region, restaurant called Slavonian European Café is being created at 189 Lark Street, Albany. Slavonia is a historic region of Croatia with a wide range of cultural cuisine influences, including Turkish from its days as a state conquered by the Ottoman Empire. Slavonia also is one of Croatia's winemaking areas, so we may wind up seeing some wines not usual offered here.


Bangkok Bistro Thai Restaurant & Martini Bar will close after business this Saturday, July , according to a notice posted on its Facebook page. No reason was given in the statement revealing the decision and thanking everyone for their continued support throughout our four  years in Colonie" at 1619 Central Avenue.


• O'Neill's Shire Pub, a popular restaurant and bar in Delhi, Delaware County,  has been pronounced structurally sound after a fire last week forced it to close. The owners said they plan to re-open after repairs are made. Investigators said the fire was accidental due to  spontaneous combustion of cleaning towels that were recently laundered, according to a media news release that concluded, “The Delhi community businesses and residents came together once again and generously donated food and drinks for all responders.” O'Neill's is located at 123 Main Street in the village. Phone: (607) 746-8758.


•  Hong Yu, who cooked and served dumplings on the Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, VT, for 17 years, has made her final appearance there with her her food cart Hong's Chinese Dumplings, reports the arts publication 7 Days. "Yu is planning to open a year-round dumpling shop at 77 Pearl Street, site of the former Radio Deli. The family is trying to raise money to open the business in about five weeks, her daughter Lisa Li said. They need $20,000 to $30,000 for a hood system and permitting, she said."

• Go here to visit the Capital Region Brew Trail
• Go here to visit Dowd On Drinks
• Go here to visit Dowd's New York Wines Notebook

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