Saturday, July 21, 2018

Update: Grandma's Pies may reopen under new owner

Grandma's Pies may be reopened. (photo provided)

UPDATE (7/21/18): The iconic Grandma's Pies & Restaurant may be reopening if a new comment on its Facebook page is accurate. Responding to a former customer's comment, the posting said, and I print it exactly as written, "Surprise Opening day Aug 1 2018 1273 central New Owners Same staff coming back😉" The new owner is Alex Morales, also owner of the Mexican restaurant La Fiesta in Albany. This will be good news for Grandma's many customers, but of no interest to the dozens of anonymous snipers who ripped the business on the Times Union's Table Hopping blog after the restaurant's closing was announced.

(Original story posted 7/8/18 under the headline "Grandma's Pies hanging up its rolling pin")

COLONIE -- Rumors have popped up periodically over the past few years that the iconic Grandma's Pies & Restaurant would be closing or be sold. Now, the rumors have proven true.

The last day of business will be next Sunday, July 15, according to owners Ron Raylinsky's and David Houle's Facebook announcement made on Saturday.

The only plus in losing such an institution is that traffic will be a little lighter in the neighborhood of 1273 Central Avenue around the major holidays when for the last 42 years people have thronged there to up to pick up their pie orders.

Grandma's began as part of a small chain of pie shops, but owner Joe Danaher took it on its own and ran it for decades until health problems forced him to sell. Fagan Development Co. had listed the 2.53-acre property that is home to both Grandma's Pies and the Indian provisions company Parivar Grocery & Cafe for sale at an asking price is $2.4 million.

Joe Fagan purchased the land and buildings in September 2008 for $1.6 million. The listing includes the land, the buildings, all equipment, and parking for 50 vehicles. As recently as April, it was reported that Grandma's would survive any sale. That, obviously, was not to be.


  1. It's Parivar, not Parimar.

  2. Right you are, and thanks for catching that typo. I've fixed it.