Tuesday, October 24, 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.


• Dante's Pizzeria has moved to a new location, 14 Spring Avenue, in Troy. It is the site of the former Fitzie's market, opposite Sacred Heart, just off Pawling Avenue. Dante's had operated at 3rd and Jefferson since 1980. Its menu of pizzas, salads, wraps, sandwiches, and beverages is available online.

• It's rare that a Chinese restaurant restricts itself to Chinese cuisine these days. The newly-opened Lee's Dynasty in Adams, MA, shows that on its menu which includes dishes from Thailand, Korea and other Asian cultures, incuding traditional Chinese regional dishes usually not found on Chinese-American menus. Owner Xing Li opened the business at 131 Columbia Street in the 2,200-square-foot former Berkshire County Stove building he purchased in January for $125,000. A 90-square-foot vestibule was added to the structure. Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9:30 p.m.

• Hong Yu has operated a dumpling cart for the past 17 years on Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, VT. Now, he has opened a retail shop, Hong's Chinese Dumplings, at 77 Pearl Street, former home to the Radio Deli. Her official opening was held on Saturday, assisted by more than $10,000 that 300 people contributed to her Go Fund Me campaign. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with eventual plans to extend hours of operation to seven days a week until 8 p.m.


A Little Rice Ball, specializing in Japanese-inspired street food, is being developed for a late November/early December debut in Troy. The venue is located in the former Casale's Tavern at Fourth and Liberty streets. It is the first venture for JP Tucci, 25, a Troy resident with local restaurant experience that includes the former Troy location of Bombers Burrito Bar. According to a story on timesunion.com, "The investor behind A Little Rice Ball is Matt Baumgartner, founder and former owner of Bombers and current principal owner of Wolff’s Biergarten and The Olde English Pub & Pantry."

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