Thursday, January 10, 2019

Opening & Closing & Etc.

• The latest reports from the Greater Capital Region on restaurants, beverage and food vendor openings, closings and transitions, as well as occasional entries from Vermont, the Adirondacks, the Berkshires, the Catskills, and the lower Hudson Valley.


• The local Ted's Fish Fry chain finally has opened another location. It is located in long-under-renovation space formerly home to Matt's Cape House at 1663 Route 9, Halfmoon. Curiously, the opening is mentioned on the company website ,but not on its Facebook page. Other locations: 447 3rd Avenue, Watervliet; 250 2nd Avenue, Troy; 700 Hoosick Road, Brunswick; 636 Route 9, Latham, and 203 Wolf Road, Colonie. Hours at all locations: 11 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Monday to Thursday and Saturday, until 9:45 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

• The much-hyped new Dunkin' design made its Capital Region debut on Wednesday. The high-tech eatery, located at 500 Northern Boulevard in Albany, includes a drive-through lane exclusively for mobile ordering. The franchise holder is Kevin Wright for the 2,100-square-foot location. It is among the Dunkin' restaurants that will test variations of the new design this year before the company unveils its final design. And, it is one of the few venues to use the Dunkin' brand on its signage, rather than the former Dunkin' Donuts name.


Marty and Jim's Sandwiches and More, located inside Cove Lanes on Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington, MA, has closed. For its part, Cove Lanes no longer is listed for sale, though co-owner Juanita O'Rourke said the ownership team remains interested in selling the business or the business with the property. The sandwich shop owners, spouses Martha "Marty" Brown and Jim Kenefick, have not made public any reason for the closure. Marty and Jim's was known for its oversized sandwiches. The business was founded in 2013 at 230 Stockbridge Road, but in September 2017 moved across the street to the bowling establishment. No mention of the closing has been made on the sandwich shop's website or Facebook page.


Nori’s Village Market in Saranac Lake has been expanded by 2,000 square feet to become a 5,40-0square foot operation that now offers a cafe dining-style experience with window seating overlooking the Saranac River. Co-owner Andy Keal said plans are to expand dinner offerings. The expansion has a cafe counter and condiment bar stand centered in the new space, along with a five-foot glass case that will be used to display to-go dinner options sold by the pound. The former dining and food service areas will be used to expand grocery, health, and beauty-aid stock. Nori's, whichn has operated in several different locations, was founded in 1989 by Lenore "Nori" Wright where Jwreck Subs now does business. Amy Kohanski bought the business in 1994, and Lori Dodge-Cushman became part owner inn 2000. Keal became a partner in 2006, and Kohanski and Dodge-Cushman had left the business by 2014. Ashley Tempo boughtn into it in 2014.

• The owners of Ken's Pizza & Pub in Burlington, VT, are planning to expand their operation. Deb and Tom Miller of Miller Properties, who own owners the pizzeria at 71 Church Street in the Church Street Marketplace, are working to expand into the 170 Bank Street building they own around the corner, abutting the outdoor tiki bar that is part of Ken's. They have two different designs in mind, and are soliciting construction bids to help them decide which to begin. Ken's Pizza was founded in 1973 by Tom Miller's father. Phone: (802) 862-3335.

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