Monday, October 9, 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.


• Paul Park has graduated from a stall in the Troy Kitchen incubator space to a place of his own. His Bespoki Bowl restaurant now is doing a standalone business at 122 4th Street, former home of The Flying Chicken,  in downtown Troy. His stock in trade is the raw-fish dish known as poké, a Hawaiian-influenced item. Although poké can be found on some menus in the Capital Region, Bespoki Bowl is the only one I know of that specializes in it. Park's new menu, however, includes a number of other types of dishes. Hours: is 11:30 a.m. to 9: 30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Phone: 518-244-5347.

• The Hudson River Coffee House, which was shut down last month by state authorities because of nonpayment of taxes, has reopened. Although at the time of the forced closing owner Anton Pasquill was quoted as saying he planned to move the business to another location, it has reopened at its original venue, 227 Quali Street, Albany.

• A new Panera Bread location I first reported on back in February is nearing completion for a  mid-month opening near Hudson Valley Community College. It will be the first tenant in the new 16 North muilti-use building being built on the former site of the Country Grove Inn, which was demolished last December to allow construction of the 36,000-square-foot project.The developer is Dave Mulinio, who also was behind the nearby North Greenbush Commons Plaza at 50 North Greenbush Road (Route 4).


Mac’s Drive-In, located at 648 Third Avenue in Watervliet, will close for the season after service today. The occasion will be marked with a slew of giveaways, specials, and discounts, all listed on the business's Facebook page. This was the eighth season for Mac's.

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

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