Thursday, November 8, 2018

Opening & Closing & 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.

OPENING

Proprietor's Lodge, which opened in September as a catering hall on Pontoosuc Lake in Pittsfield, MA, is opening its restaurant to the public for dinner as of this Friday and Saturday. Then, beginning next week, it will be open for dinner Monday through Saturday plus Sunday for brunch. Eric Taylor, developer of the 150-seat lakeside restaurant, has hired former chefs from the Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort in nearby Lenox to oversee the restaurant. Taylor, who also owns the Lake House Guest Cottages of the Berkshires across the lake in Lanesboro, said he plans to eventually link the two lakeside businesses. Proprietor's Lodge is located at 22 Waubeek Road. Phone: 413-446-0017.

Cosmic Cinemas, the combination bar-restaurant-movie theater project that has endured a series of postponements, will open for business next Friday, November 16. The facility is located at 160 Fairview Avenue (Route 9) in Greenport, Columbia County, just outside Hudson. The renovated, expanded site is the former home of the three-screen Fairview Cinema, which closed 2 1/2 years ago after a 44-year run. It will offer table seating where customers can dine on chef-prepared finger-foods and alcoholic beverages while watching first-run films. Admission will be limited to patrons 17 and older. It will have about 275 seats in three auditoriums compared to the old Fairview's 600. The theater’s kitchen is being constructed next door at the former Angela’s Pizza and Pasta, which closed in February. The Greenport location will be the first Cosmic Cinema anywhere. The company has said it plans to open similar facilities at 1036 Madison Avenue in Albany, in Scranton, PA, and in Ashville, NC.


• The Fiddleheads Grille this week opened in a new location, leaving the Greenock Country Club in Lee, MA, for the former Route 7 Grill at 999 South Main Street in Great Barrington. Owners Cindi Joyner and David Pullaro had operated at the country club since 2014 until their contract there expired on January 1. The new, 4,450-square-foot venue, which had been vacant since mid-2014, has two bars and an outdoor deck and pavilion seating. Before opening Fiddleheads, Pullaro was chef at Perigee in South Lee, and before that was chef manager at The Lenox Club.

 CLOSING

• Usually it's a fairly new restaurant that closes abruptly after not finding its financial footing. In this instance, it's Buffalo Wagon Pan-Asian Cuisine & Sushi which has been operating in a Colonie shopping strip just three months shy of 10 years. Although its website still gives the impression of a restaurant in operation, its doors are locked, its Facebook page has been taken down, and the phone number is out of service. The restaurant, located at 6 Metro Park Road just off Wolf Road, had served Chinese dishes plus sushi, Thai, and Malaysian dishes.

Stewart's Shops will proceed with its scheduled closures of two stores after business hours on Sunday. The Morton Avenue store in Albany and the Guy Park Avenue store in Amsterdam have been targeted because of poor revenues. The Saratoga Springs-based company said neither location has the foot traffic or space to expand into the growing food to-go category which has been a major Stewart's effort in recent years.

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