Saturday, July 15, 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.


Meng's Pan-Asian Restaurant opened this week in North Adams, MA, after two months of renovations transformed the owners' former China Buffet space on Main Street. Meng Wu Wang and Yaling "Joy" Wang were operating both the buffet and the adjacent Sushi House, but decided on creating a simpler operation, The result is a contemporary space with two new long bars -- one for sushi -- offering counter seating. The menu offers Chinese, Thai, Japanese, and Korean foods along with a full bar. The restaurant seats 120. An official grand opening party is scheduled for next Friday, July 21, with sushi offered at half-price from then through July 27.

• This item might be better categorized as "delaying." The hoped-for early summer reopening of the historic Adelphi Hotel, now under renovation on Broadway in Saratoga Springs, has officially been put off until sometime after the thoroughbred horse racing season begins on July 21, according to an announcement this week by the Adelphi Hospitality Group. Extensive work on making the 1877 structure architecturally sound again as well as time needed to finalize the decor are requiring more time than originally anticipated. Aside from its 32 guest rooms, the hotel’s public spaces will include a lobby bar, a restaurant, a second-floor piazza, a conservatory, a cafe, and a wine cellar.


• Mary and Gordon Sacks, owners of 9 Miles East Farm in Schuylerville, are planning to build a general store where Moby Rick’s fish market now stands on Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs. Gordon Sacks said in an announcement that “9 Miles East Farm has served the Saratoga Springs community for more than a decade. Many of our customers live near to the Lake Avenue location, and we think a walkable general store focused on high-quality, locally sourced items would be an asset to the community.” Plans include demolition of the Moby Rick's building and construction of a new one with separate space for the net-to-table fish market and the farm-fresh store. The project would resurrect -part of the name of a predecessor business -- Pepper's Market -- that had operated on the site for more than a century. The Sackses will call the new entity Pepper's Corner, and the store itself  9 Miles East Farmhouse. It will, according to the announcements, have a “carefully curated selection of grocery and convenience items, prepared foods and baked goods tailored to the needs of East Side residents. The focus would be on local products and regional craft producers.” The proposal is scheduled to go before the city Zoning Board of Appeals on July 24. 

• 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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