Tuesday, October 17, 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.


Saratoga Springs will be getting a Mexican restaurant where a quintessentially American restaurant did business for decades. Dan and Jennifer Pickett, who purchased 408 Broadway last year, are planning to renovate the building and open a restaurant and banquet space called Cantina in what had been home to Lillian's. It was opened in 1974 by Ray Morris, and was a downtown favorite until its final night of service, New Year's Eve 2015. Lillian’s was named for Lillian Russell, a prominent opera singer who spent summers in Saratoga Springs in the late 1800s.

Marrakesh Moroccan Cuisine is being developed in Clifton Park's Town Plaza, 800 Route 146. Job applications are being accepted at the premises. Cuisine from the North African country has long been popular in many parts of the U.S., but only recently has come to the Capital Region. Most prominent is the independently-owned Tara Kitchen, for example, with locations in Schenectady and Troy.

• Patricia Pendergast Novo, former owner of the Crush & Cask wine shop in Saratoga Springs, is developing Taverna Novo, a casual wine bar at 62 Beekman St. in Saratoga, where the Beekman Bar & Eatery was located until it closed several months ago. She said in a Facebook announcement, "Renovations and my special touches will commence very soon and we won’t be open for a few months most likely, as permits need to be obtained ... wine and beer licenses issued ... the works."