Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Openings & Closings & Etc.

• The latest reports on restaurants and food vendor openings, closings and transitions from the Greater Capital Region, as well as the Catskills, Southern Vermont and the Berkshires.


  The former Circle Diner in Latham has reopened under new ownership, and with a wall-to-wall renovation as well as a new name -- DinerTime. The venue, located at 813 Loudon Road on the east side of the Latham Circle, is owned by the Stamatakos that also owns The Standard at Crossgates Mall in Guilderland and a number of downstate restaurants. The menu contains a wide variety of items, including six different eggs Benedict dishes, house-made soups and chili, 15 salad bowls, a lineup of panini, wraps, sandwiches and burgers, as well as an array of comfort foods, pastas and steaks. Hours: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, until 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Phone: (518) 785-0200.


• A 3 a.m. fire this morning in Lansingburgh gutted an abandoned 5th Avenue house and spread to the adjacent AZ Grocery Store on Northern Drive. Troy Assistant Fire Chief Eric McMahon said the two-alarm fire caused significant damage to the business, and the vacant building where it started is considered a total loss. No injuries were reported. McMahon said AZ Grocery likely will be unable to open in the near future, both because of the structural damage and because much of its inventory was damaged.


The Palmer House Café in Rensselaerville has closed for good just shy of its 31st anniversary. Chef-owner Bill Bensen, who ran the restaurant with his wife Susan until her death last year, is retiring. According to an announcement on Facebook, “another food-service establishment” will open in its place within a few weeks, but no details have yet been provided. Bensen said he will continue to do some catering work "on a limited basis for a period of time. And, having spent half of my life here, I intend to continue being a part of the place that I have come to think of as my home. I know that Susan would have done the same."

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