Tuesday, June 12, 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.


The Bradley will host the opening of its seasonal Backyard space at 5 p.m. this Thursday. In addition to drinks from the bar's own mixologists, owners Vic Christopher and Heather LaVine are planning to have their companion operation Peck's Arcade represented by its Alley Carte for food, and DJ Trumastr plus backyard games will be available for the entertainment. The Bradley is located at 28 Fourth Street in Troy. Phone: 518-326-0929.

Shmaltz Brewing will hold a soft opening of its new Troy taproom and bottle shop this Saturday in a former Subway shop on Monument Square. Owner Jeremy Cowan said in an earlier announcement that in addition to Shmaltz's own products the venue will carry beers, wines, ciders, and spirits from other New York State makers, and a small menu of Lower East Side street food, an homage to Shmaltz’s New York City Jewish heritage. Cowan continues to operate his original taproom at 6 Fairchild Square in Clifton Park.

• It's rare that a McDonald's closes, but it does happen occasionally. Now, the former McDonald's venue in Whitehall, Washington County, has reopened, but this time it's home to a business selling a different sort of meat. The Local Butcher Shop, from the owners of the nearby Champlain Beef company, has opened on Route 4. The full-service shop features everything from steaks and roasts to hamburgers and sausages. It also sells milk and cheese from Battenkill Dairy, cheese from the Bridport Creamery in nearby Vermont, and its own specialty sauces made in Rochester to its specifications. Brian Bird is the general manager.


When they announce last call at Jody's Tavern on Saturday, June 30, they'll mean it. The watering hole that has operated at 42 Old Schuylerville Road in Easton, Washington County, for more than eight years will be closing its doors. Owner Jody Marchin says she is retiring because her lease expires on July 1 and she has not found a buyer for the property. To say farewell, a $10-a-head (beverages extra)  "Last Call Bash" will begin at noon on the final day. The menu will include a pig roast, sausage & peppers, New England clam chowder, salads, etc.

• The food court/business incubator Troy Kitchen is closed for several days while work is carried out for the next two eateries being developed in the space and on fixing code issues with the sprinkler and alarm systems. Owner Cory Nelson says he hopes to reopen on Friday. The new tenants will be Crown Fried Chicken and Little Italy, both scheduled to debut on Sunday, July 1.Troy Kitchen is located downtown at 77 Congress Street. Hours: noon to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and brunch only on Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Phone: 518-268-0068.


Bard & Baker, a board games and food cafe, is being developed for a fall debut in The News Apartments, the extensive renovation project that is converting the former Record newspaper building at Broadway and Fifth Avenue in downtown Troy.Once it debuts, visitors will pay a $5 fee for access to more than 350 board games to play while having something to eat and drink. The people behind the project are Charlotte Guytin, owner and general manager, and Bryan Connor, kitchen manager and game curator. Her local background includes management roles with Vic Christopher and Heather LaVine's Clark House Hospitality venues (Peck's Arcade, little peck's, Lucas Confectionary Wine Bar, etc.). He is a pastry chef who also worked for Clark House Hospitality.

• Flatbread Social, a casual-dining spot serving wood-fired pizzas and flatbreads, is being built at 84 Henry Street in Saratoga Springs, with a fall debut projected. The site formerly was home to The Merry Monk. Ryan and Sonja McFadden, owners of the Henry Street Taproom next door, are behind the project. 

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