Monday, June 26, 2017

Update: Old Daley progressing on new Schenectady venue

Elliott Vogel
UPDATE 6/26/17):  The owners of the in-development Schenectady restaurant Daley on Yates have targeted a mid-August soft opening to be followed by a mid-September official debut. The $1.2 million venture will include a 3,000-square-foot-patio complete with fire pits. Inside, elements of the 19th Century building's history as a taxi garage and auto parts store will be preserved in the brick and wood decor. The business's request for permission to install a 34-by-60-inch sign that would hang over the city right-of-way on Yates Street is on the City Council's agenda for tonight. Yates is a short block connecting Union and Liberty streets.

(Originally published 5/2/17)

Headline: Old Daley getting back into fulltime restaurant sector

The people behind the Old Daley Custom Catering operation recently completed an exterior facelift of their Troy facility. But, that isn't the big news for the company. It is going back into the fulltime restaurant business.

Old Daley, headquartered in Troy's Lansingburgh section  and operator of the former Crooked Lake House in rural Averill Park that it uses as an events venue and as a restaurant in the winter months, is developing a new venture. Says co-owner Marty Keary:

"Great news. We're opening a new restaurant in Schenectady. It's opening in June/July. It's called Daley's on Yates, located at 10-12 Yates Street only a few minutes' walking distance to Proctor's theater and area nightlife. "

This is the third project announced for the same site in two years. In February 2015, it was announced that the city's first wine bar would be developed there. That did not happen. Then, in August that same year, Albany Distilling Company announced it would locate additional distilling facilities and a restaurant on the site. That, too, came to naught. 

Old Daley's Keary describes renovations to the former taxi garage as turning it into "a swanky space with great lighting, mid-century modern vibe and a phenomenal bar. There's big garage doors that open to a huge private, tree-lined patio with its own outside bar, dining and lounge areas with fire pits. You're gonna be blown away."

The chef is Elliott Vogel, a 2017 Rising Star Chef as part of the Albany Chefs' Food & Wine Festival. He has cooked at Normanside 165 in Delmar, Tala Bistro in Latham, and -- not coincidental to getting the new gig -- Old Daley On Crooked Lake. Vogel studied nursing at Maria College before changing gears to study at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.

Old Daley Custom Catering is a descendant of the former Old Daley Inn, a restaurant that operated for decades in Lansingburgh, then transitioned to a fulltime catering business, then reentered the restaurant sector to some degree at Crooked Lake in 2010 along with its catering work.

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