Goldenrod, a seasonal restaurant focusing on locally-sourced ingredients, is scheduled to open on Saturday at 53 Main Street in Delhi, Delaware County (about a 90-minute drive from Albany). Its creator is Carver Farrell (right), former chef-owner of the Brooklyn restaurant The Pines, which was known for featuring New York state-sourced produce and meats and a selection of all-natural wines. According to Farrell, Goldenrod "will continue in the tradition of The Pines, sourcing the main components of each dish exclusively in Delaware County," and will offer local beers, a small wine list, and cocktails built around "wild and foraged ingredients." Farrell will be joined by three chefs whose combined resumes list kitchen positions of various levels at such name NYC venues as Gramercy Tavern, Daniel, Del Posto, Prune, Le Bernadine, and Union Square Café. The menu will change nightly, based on the available local ingredients. Hours: 4 to 10:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, with the kitchen opening at 5:30 p.m. Phone: 607-746-8875.
Salsa Fresca Mexican Grill suddenly appears in the Capital Region. The nine-year-old mini-chain will open its ninth location this Saturday, in LaGrangeville, Dutchess County. It already has lower Hudson Valley venues in Mamaroneck, Bedford Hills, Yorktown, Cross River, Peekskill, and Carmel, as well as in Danbury and New Haven, CT, plus food truck service. As part of an ambitious expansion plan, it will open a restaurant in the fall in Poughkeepsie, opposite Marist College, and co-owner Marc Miles said the company started selling franchises about two months ago for unspecified locations in New York State, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida.
Minissale’s Wine Cellar Cafe for $260,000, according to a filing with Rensselaer County. (Could that be local multi-venue restaurateur David Zheng? I'm checking that out.) After Minissale's closed in 2017, the family sold it to Vic Christopher and Heather LaVine (of Lucas Confectionary Wine Bar and Peck's Arcade) who briefly operated it as Donna's Italian Restaurant. An agent for the new owner said the Chinese restaurant could open there as early as mid-July.