Monday, June 11, 2018

Opening & Closing & Developing, etc.

• The latest reports from the Greater Capital Region on restaurants and food vendor openings, closings and transitions, as well as occasional entries from Vermont, the Berkshires, and the Catskills.


• Work will begin this Tuesday on the Capital Region's first Chick fil-A, part of an overhaul of dining choices in the main terminal of Albany International Airport in Colonie, airport spokesman Doug Myers announced today. The new eatery will take the place of Villa Italian Kitchen. In addition, Myers said, the Hudson Valley Wine Bar will become the Hudson Valley Beer Union, Silks will be remodeled, and The Local, Adirondack Lodge, and Dunkin Donuts will be refurbished under a $1.6 million remodeling program by HMS Host. Chick fil-A, founded in 1946, has more than 2,100 locations in 46 states and Washington, DC.

Gatherer's Granola will be moving from its 388 Broadway, Schenectady, location to Coldbrook Plaza on Hamburg Street in Rotterdam. The gourmet granola maker is being forced to make the move because its current space will be expanded and leased entirely to Schenectady County for office space. The interesting twist is that both venues are owned by the same landlord, and the remodeling in Rotterdam and moving there are being coordinated with leaving Schenectady, according to company founder Sandro Gerbini. The new location will be approximately twice the size of his current 3,700 square feet.

• There are only nine Burger King locations in the entire state of Vermont. Developer William D. Spencer, who owns two of them, wants to open his third, in Keene. He has applied to the planning department for permission to open a 100-seat, 3,000-square-foot fast-food venue at Riverside Plaza, off Winchester Street.


• The Trail House Kitchen and Bar has been open for some weeks at 896 State Road (Route 2) in North Adams, MA. The restaurant, located in front of Stop and Shop, was created by siblings Colleen and Sean Taylor, known for the Freight Yard Pub, also in North Adams, that they still operate. Unlike that spot with its typical pub fare, Trail House offers a generally lighter menu. Although it offers some of the Freight Yard stalwarts such as steaks and burger, Colleen told Ther Berkshire Eagle, "There are a lot of people that are vegetarians, vegans, or have food sensitivities. Making the menu, I worked really hard to accommodate that ... . If you're a party of six, one person is going to have that need." Thus, the menu includes such items as vegan stuffed peppers, tuna carpaccio, and gluten-free ricotta toast, more salad options and seafood. Also on the kitchen team are Derek Gerry (Freight Yard, Hobson's Choice), and former Hobson's Choice owner/chef Dan Campbell. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Phone: 413-412-1090.


• Although the original Dizzy Chicken at 72 South Street in Glens Falls has closed, owners Justin and Maya Bartlett are keeping their wood-fired rotisserie chicken operation at 102 Congress Street in Saratoga Springs. The Bartletts say they will continue to do catering out of the Glens Falls spot they opened in 2015, and will keep everything in the restaurant in place in anticipation of seeing some upgrades in the neighborhood in the next two years that would prompt them to resurrect the original restaurant.

The Bull & Barrel Smokehouse Grill in Latham will close after service on Saturday, June 16. It has operated at 155 Wade Road since October 2014, a location previously home to The Grape & The Growler. (Maybe the next restaurant there should drop the "&" and keep the name simpler.) Its skimpy Facebook page announces the closing, but gives no reason for it.

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