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.)
Vermont Association of Snow Travelers trail. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• 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.