• 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.
Hanzo Japanese Steakhouse opened its doors this week in the Shop-Rite Plaza at 102 Van Rensselaer Square in North Greenbush just off Route 43. Owner Mike Kwok's menu has the expected dishes but is dotted with some seemingly unusual ones like a long list of maki rolls with such names as Chex, Mean Streets of Rensselaer, Rattle Snake, Kill Bill, TNT, and Oh My Lord; newborn octopus sushi, a Titanic Boat for 2 sushi entree, and a collection of bento boxes. However, the menus shown online don't seem to offer much beyond hibachi preparations of the steaks promised in the name of the establishment. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Phone: 518-650-7212.
online store and the conversion of their 12-year-old restaurant that they had closed in February but now is back serving weekday breakfast and lunch and selling signature spices on the premises.
features paleo-inspired meals and some gluten-free
options, ranging from a smoothie bowl to a bacon, egg and cheese
spices are sourced from a family-owned wholesaler, according to a news
release from the couple. Signature blends include "Bread Winner," "Dipping Seasoning," "Fire Salt," and "Clucky Number 18 Chicken Rub." Rachel's Cafe is located at 240 Warren Street. Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone: 518-741-6077.
• As I reported two months ago,
Ted's Fish Fry is converting the former Matt's Cape House at 1663 Route 9 in Clifton Park to become its sixth
location in the Capital Region. In recent days, the local mini-chain has been mentioning the project in its TV ads and on its website, which makes a debut seem imminent, but an opening date has not yet been announced and several inquiries I've made have received no response. Current Ted's locations are at 700 Hoosick Street and 350 2nd
Avenue, both in Troy; 447 3rd Avenue, Watervliet; 203 Wolf Road,
Colonie, and 636 New Loudon Road (Route 9), Latham.