Thursday, October 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 occasional entries from the Catskills, Central New York, Southern Vermont and the Berkshires.


The Beer Diviner will close its 461 Broadway taproom in Troy at the end of this month after barely a year in operation. Owner Jonathan Post says he didn't make sufficient money on the venture, an offshoot of his rural Rensselaer County nanobrewery at 243 Bly Hollow Road in Cherry Plain. He apparently is looking for a more lucrative location in Troy. Conversely, Post says his country taproom has seen an uptick in business. It is open noon to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday.


• While the Glen Sanders Mansion remains open, there are some changes in the offing at the historic facility owned by Mazzone Hospitality. Its Angelo's Tavolo restaurant space is switching from full service to Sunday brunch only (10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.) as of Sunday, October 15. The space otherwise will be used for banquet events. The same day, Maquas Lounge, downstairs from Tavolo, will be rebranded as The Lounge at Glen Sanders and debut a new menu and wine list , serving from 4 p.m. Glen Sanders Mansion is located at 1 Glen Avenue, Glenville, just across the Mohawk River from Schenectady County Community College.


Frank O’Connor is working on his first proprietorship after building a local following as a barman and manager. He plans to open Loch & Quay (pronounced lock and key) next winter after extensive renovations of the former Franklin's Tower at 418 Broadway, Albany, opposite the sprawling SUNY headquarters building. Although it will serve food, the emphasis will be on the bar program. O'Connor has held staff positions at such spots as The Olde English Pub in Albany and The Shop in Troy.

• A swath of the Catskills along Route 17 and in Upper Kingston will offer several more places to dine if several developers' plans come to fruition. One involves the currently-closed Antrim Lodge in Sullivan County, whose owners hope to turn the 127-year-old facility into an upscale inn and restaurant as a draw for Catskills tourists. Another is an Upper Kingston project that would consist of several restaurants, stores, a pedestrian plaza, 129 apartments, a 38-room hotel, and a 475-space parking garage. A $1.8 million state grant to assist in the Antrim Lodge effort and a $4.2 million state grant to help pay for the Upper Kingston multi-use project are the largest requests in Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties on the latest grant wish list submitted to the state by the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council.

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


  1. Wouldn't Mr. Post be better off keeping his "country outpost" open a little later than 8 p.m. for retail service? I don't know many people who traipse into the country to drink much before that time. Hire a couple of bartenders or servers and keep it open until 2 or 4.

  2. He has mentioned the possibility of expanding hours at his Cherry Plain spot, so you probably can expect that to be announced soon.