Sunday, October 22, 2017

Openings & Closings & Etc. (Updated)

• 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.


A ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Monday will mark the official opening of the Empire Fish Market, which has been operating in soft opening mode in Troy's North Central neighborhood for several weeks. The owner of the business is Jay Jackson, who opened the store  at 2952 Sixth Avenue in the former Oaks Cafe & Ministry building, He offers fresh and cooked seafood. The menu is available online, and delivery is available for an extra $2.99. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Phone: 518-874-1816.

• Shacksbury Cider has scheduled an October 28 opening of its new tasting room at 11 Main Street in Vergennes, VT. Marketing director Alex Consalvo said the event will include food, live music, and cider samplings. The company is collaborating with chef David Chang's Momofuku restaurant group that will serve a beverage from Shacksbury with the working title Momofuku Cuvée.


Bread From Brooklyn, a supplier of baked goods to Upstate businesses that opened a store on Schenectady's Upper Union Street about four months ago, has shut down the operation. The company is blaming a problem with construction of the new City Squire Ale House with ruining its business. Here is its Facebook posting giving its side of the problem: "Official Public Statement ... Three months ago the new owners of the building around the corner and the parking lot, for which my landlord and I have an easement, blocked off that parking lot, making it impossible for my customers to get the bread rolls and bagels that were so popular. Notwithstanding numerous demands, the new 'neighbors' have ignored our rights and continue to block the parking lot, stifling my fledgling bakery on Upper Union Street in Schenectady. Without easy access to our product, customers have not come. So sadly I must close my doors. Our lawyers recommend that we say nothing further ... It was a pleasure serving Schenectady. I truly appreciate you all."

 • A longtime Pittsfield, MA, bagel business is on the brink of closing. Owner Susan Gordon has announced that Bagels Too will have to stop serving food as of October 31 under a deal she has worked out with the building's owner who wants to repurpose the 166 North Street space her business has occupied for 30 years. She still is seeking a buyer for the business itself.

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