Friday, January 11, 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.

OPENING

• The venerable Duanesburg restaurant The Bears’ Steakhouse is scheduled to reopen next Thursday (January 17) after finishing its usual winter break during which it marked the 50th anniversary of Bob and Patricia Payne opening their doors. The restaurant, known for its chateaubriand and other beef dishes -- and, years ago, its unlisted phone number -- serves dinner only on Wednesday through Saturday. The restaurant is located at 8254 Duanesburg Road in the rural Schenectady County community. Phone: 518-895-2509. (Side note: Even after a half-century in business, the correct spelling of the name remains in doubt. The sign out front says The Bear's Steak House, the restaurant's Facebook page says The Bears' Steakhouse, various online rating services spell it variously Bears, Bears' and Bear's, some including "the" and some omitting it.)

• The term "seasonal restaurant" usually conjures up images of waterside operations doing business during the summer months. In Wilmington, VT, think snow. Pamela and Michael Mosher are the operators of a new food truck prepping for the snowmobiling season there. "We're going to serve homemade chili, soups, burgers, hot dogs, just warm yummy stuff. Macaroni and cheese," Pamela Mosher told the Wilmington Development Review Board at a recent hearing. The business will be at 54 East Dover Road on the now-closed Sitzmark Lodge property that connects to a Vermont Association of Snow Travelers trail. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CLOSING

• Allium Restaurant + Bar ended a nearly 12-year run in downtown Great Barrington, MA, after service on New Year's Day. "Regretfully, and after sincere thought and consideration, we’ve decided to set our sights on new goals," proprietor and founder Nancy Thomas said in an announcement. "This journey would not have been possible without the support of our community. The people of Great Barrington welcomed us with open hearts, and for that we will be forever grateful." The parent company, owned by Thomas and by Bo Peabody, is Mezze Restaurant Group, which will continue operating its Mezze Catering + Events service as well as the Mezze Bistro + Bar in Williamstown.

DEVELOPING

• The folks who run the McDonald's and Jreck Subs on Demars Boulevard (Route 3) in Tupper Lake can relax. They apparently will get no competition from a new $10 million hotel to be constructed on a three-acre plot between the McDonald’s and a Rite Aid, where there is a shopping center with The Row clothing store, Jreck Subs and Dollar General. Tupper Lake native Richard LaMere, president of the Virginia-based NorthSouth Construction, says the proposed 75-room hotel would feature a breakfast dining area and a small market along with other amenities, but not an in-house restaurant, according to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

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