Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Openings & Closings & Etc.

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


I reported several weeks ago that the Malta business Wired Coffee Roasters had opened a second location called Wired Coffee & Bagel in the new Pioneer Bank headquarters on Albany Shaker Road in Colonie opposite the Times Union building. Now, the original location in Elsworth Commons has been closed to allow its relocation to Sitwell Plaza at 2443 Route 9, in behind Cap Com Credit Union). The opening is scheduled for Thursday, October 19.

• The Cove Bowling Lanes in Great Barrington, MA, are becoming headquarters for an unusual combination of businesses. Marty & Jim's Sandwiches and More just relocated from across Stockbridge Road, which allowed owners Jim Kenefick and Marty Brown to expand to a seven-day operation and stay open later thanks to the bowling clientele base. And, Cove owner Thomas Hankey is in the process of finalizing the lease of office and parking space to Timeless Auto Sales, a Lenox classic auto and import dealer that has requested town permission to open a satellite operation there to sell low mileage, late model European cars. The Cove complex, which Hankey put up for sale in June with an asking price of $4.5 million, also includes 26 bowling lanes, a bar and lounge, a snack bar, an arcade, and miniature golf.


The Pony Barn, a bar operating three nights a week at June Farms in West Sand Lake, will close for the season after service this Saturday. Owner Matt Baumgartner, who made his name locally as founder of Bombers Burrito Bar, plans to reopen in late spring 2018 at the 275 Parker Road location. Phone: 518-888-2988.

Nibble Inc., which operated in Troy -- first at 461 Broadway then at 333 Broadway -- for the past three years, has  permanently closed, according to owner Jessie Cramer.


• Giancarlo and Nancy Balestra are taking a major change of direction for their Limoncello Ristorante, located at 1 Ballston Avenue in Saratoga Springs. Rather than operating year-round, they will close up shop after service on Sunday, with plans to reopen in mid-April as a seasonal operation. "This was our 12th [Saratoga Race Course] season ... and we have decided that it is time for a much needed, nice long vacation," they said in a announcement. "We look forward to our return next season ... . We plan to introduce news menu items and make some updates inside and out along with a few surprises for our beautiful garden patio."

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

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