Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tighe's Bistro Americain in progress in rural Rensselaer Co.

The in-development restaurant when it was a country inn. (photos provided)

Salvaged doors that will be part of the decor.
When Kevin Tighe announced his intent last fall to develop Tighe's Bistro Americain, he said it would be on Albany's Hamilton Street. But, several months later he he ran into a snag in reaching agreement with the owners of that building and said he would be looking elsewhere.

Then alternative Tighe found is anything but a city downtown  spot. Instead, it is about 15 miles east of the city, in rural Rensselaer County. The venue, on Glass Lake Road just off Route 43 in Averill Park, is a historic one that Tighe has been renovating with an eye toward maintaining its classic look.

It is the former 1850s-era Weeler Hotel, whch also at one time operated under the name Glass Lake Hotel, that has been closed for more than a decade. Tighe, who gained a reputation as a barman working at a variety of Albany venues such as McGuire's, Justin's, and the New World Bistro Bar, for example, earlier said his new restaurant -- which he refers to as TBA -- will serve regional French country food.

No opening date has yet been announced. "It will take a while to renovate and I'm reluctant to even guess on a completion date," Tighe says. "The more I look, the more I find to do, but we'll keep you posted on the progress."

Tighe has been steadily teasing us with Facebook postings showing how deeply the renovation bug has bitten him. Here's what he wrote about the doors shown above:

"At my age I shouldn't get so stoked about a couple of old doors ... but I am. Picked these babies up at the Historic Albany Foundation's warehouse yesterday. It's not what they are, it's what they will be that has me so jazzed. The main part of the future TBA building was built in 1850, I just couldn't put a home center composite door on the building (that would disrespect the history). It will take a lot of elbow grease and some fresh paint but it will be all worth it."

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