Wednesday, June 13, 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 Sonic Drive-In located in the Hudson River Commons shopping plaza on Hoosick Street (Route 7) in Troy has reopened. The venue was closed for several days because of a city water main problem, according to manager Joe Di Carlo. Hours: Sunday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight. Phone: 518-878-4804. (See below for news of a new Sonic.)

Port of Call, the Catskill restaurant damaged in a kitchen fire that forced its closure just before the Memorial Day weekend, has reopened on a limited basis while repairs are being made. Owner Frank Guido told Columbia-Greene Media, "It’s going to be a while before we get the main kitchen going and fully back to operation. These things just don’t happen overnight.” He has set up a temporary kitchen under a tent outside, with a limited menu that includes barbecue, clams, oysters, non-steamed lobsters and shrimp. The full bar and dining room are open. “We don’t even have French fries,” Guido said. “We made a nice tomato and cucumber salad and macaroni salad. We still have the [waterfront] view, food and service, and we lowered our prices because of the inconvenience.” Port of Call is located at 7 Main Street. Phone: 518-943-5088.

• Clementine Catering has begun serving its locally-sourced seasonal fare at the Cork Wine Bar & Market’s Waterbury, VT, location. Elizabeth Deringer is the cook in charge. To celebrate the new pairing, a grand opening party is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. this Thursday, June 14, which also is Flag Day. Cork Wine Bar, which also has a Stowe venue, is located at 40 Foundry Street in Waterbury. Phone: 802-882-8227.


The Clifton Park Town Planning Board has cleared the way for construction of the Capital Region's third Sonic Drive-In. The 3,700-square-foot restaurant will be built in Town Plaza on Route 146, near Northway Exit 9. The project was announced in March, but needed to clear all the usual permitting hurdles. The final one, plans for a drive-through area, was approved Tuesday. Existing Sonics are located on Hoosick Street (Route 7) in Troy, and on Troy Schenectady Road in Latham.

• The Old North End neighborhood in bustling Burlington, VT, will welcome a pair of Mexican food operations in the fall. Taco Gordo and All Souls Tortilleria will share space at 208 North Winooski Avenue, once home to the Burlington Beverage Center & Bottle Redemption. Taco Gordo has been a food cart venture, but owner Charlie Sizemore has sold his two carts to a new outfit named Carte Blanche to concentrate on his under-construction restaurant and bar. All Souls, which makes maker organic corn tortillas, masa, and corn chips, will relocate from its current production space in Warren. Its products will be used by Taco Gordo.
Do you have an announcement or a tip about food and drink venues changing hands, changing locations, changing themes, etc.? Please drop me an email for coverage.

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