• 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.
Bel Cibo: An American Bistro,
which has had an odd growth line, will end it after service on Sunday, November 18. It began life eight years ago as a specialty store in Schenectady’s Upper Union Street neighborhood before moving downtown to 96 Jay Street
opposite City Hall as a restaurant in 2015. A fire that damaged multip0le buildings that year forced closure for nearly a year, and business has suffered since then. A lengthy Facebook announcement from co-owner Jeanette Massaro explains the move: "Unfortunately, business has slowed down significantly, almost to a
complete stop honestly, we aren't sure why, but it has, so much so that
we can no longer operate fiscally. We kept hoping that things would pick
up, but it's only gotten slower. I'm not sure how we failed or how we couldn't keep you all returning,. ... After the fire, we suffered such a great financial loss
that we had nothing to fall back on during the lean times, so now our
journey with you come to an end, but as saddened as I am, my heart is
full knowing I gave it my all." Until closing, Bel Cibo will serve lunch Tuesday and Wednesday, lunch
and dinner Thursday through Saturday, and Sunday brunch, closed Monday. Phone: 518-631-9683.
Dale Boca Argentinean Grill at 215 Main Street. That small space had been home to Pho Dang Vietnamese Café
which moved a quarter-mile northeast to 348 Main Street. The restaurant menu will build on the food truck's offerings, with such items as empanadas; sandwiches such as the Milanesa, that cradles
thin-sliced beef, breaded and fried, and tangy, herb-laced
chimichurri; beef kidneys over rice; dark beef stew over cheesy grits; Argentinean asado -- wood-grilled
meats and vegetables served with salads, potatoes and sauces; and, of course, barbecue to feature Argentinian beef.