Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Opening & Closing & Expanding

• 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.

OPENING

• The Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe in Schoharie, where 20 people died Saturday in a horrendous limousine crash, has reopened, asking on its Facebook page for hugs and donations for area first-responders. "We are doing our best to cope and grieve. We are a big family at the Apple Barrel, and part of the bigger family of Schoharie," the post said. "We cope by being together. And that is why we are open." The Apple Barrel is located just off the intersection of Routes 30 and 30A. The cafe is open daily for lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday and Saturday for dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Phone: 518-295-7179.

Bard & Baker, the new board game cafe in downtown Troy, will hold a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. this Thursday. "We will then be celebrating our grand opening all weekend long with over 400 games, tasty food, and fun drinks to enjoy," says owner Charlotte Guyton. The cafe is located at 501 Broadway in the former Record newspaper building. It is offering game titles ranging from such classics as CLUE, Stratego, and Scrabble to such contemporary games as Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Ascension. Visitors will pay a $5 fee for access to the board games to play while having something to eat and drink.

EXPANDING

• The Queensbury-area restaurant Sans Souci has added delivery service. The restaurant reopened in May under new ownership after a brief closure. The restaurant also has changed its hours, shifting to a fall schedule that offers service from 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, closed Monday through Wednesday. The fall menu is available online. Sans Souci is located at 92 Mason Road in the hamlet of Cleverdale. Phone: 518-656-5009.

CLOSING

• The Scuffer Tap & Table, which has operated on bustling Church Street in downtown Burlington, VT, for seven years, will close after service on Wednesday -- a half-priced burger night, according to a Facebook announcement. Co-owners Pat Stewart and Sam Handy gave no reason for the decision. The Scuffer began as The Rusty Scuffer when brothers Jack and Art Fontaine opened it in 1972, nearly a decade before Church Street was converted into a traffic-free pedestrian marketplace. Stewart and Handy also own Grazers restaurants in Williston and St. Albans.

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