Tuesday, January 8, 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 Berkshires, the Catskills, and the lower Hudson Valley.


SlickFin Brewing Company is inching its way toward an opening in the Washington County town of Fort Edward. Owners Kris and Heather March, relying heavily on exclamation marks, provided this update via Facebook: " ... We know you are all impatiently waiting for our opening, as are we!!! Our state license is still in process, but we are hoping to receive our temporary license this month!!! As soon as we receive our temporary license, we can start Brewing!!!! It will take 3 weeks for us to brew what we require to open. That puts our opening around the first or second week in February; if all goes as planned!!! We want to let everyone know that we are trying our hardest to get open!!! We cannot wait to meet you all and to serve you our amazing craft beer!!!" SlickFin is located at 147-149 Broadway. For my earlier report on their project, click here.


• The Stewart's Shops chain couldn't get its way in Voorheesville, so it literally is packing up and going home. The Saratoga-based convenience store company had hoped, under an ambitious two-year plan taking place throughout the chain, to replace its current small store in the Albany County village with one of its larger, new-design stores and gas stations on the site of the former Smith's Tavern, which closed last year when its owners retired. However, village opposition in the form of new zoning rules put a crimp in those plans that could not be ironed out. So, Stewart's has announced that it will close its current Voorheesville shop after business on Sunday.

• The popular Plattsburgh steak-and-seafood seasonal restaurant Dana's Rusty Anchor was hit by fire early Tuesday that heavily damaged the kitchen. Firefighters from four different companies knocked down the blaze, and no injuries were reported. The restaurant is located lakeside at 4016 Route 9 at Snug Harbor Marina, near Clinton Community College, and is accessible to diners via land or from Lake Champlain. It had closed for the winter on December 31, as is owner Dana Poland's annual practice. Normally, the business would be dormant until spring reopening, but now will need repairs beforehand. Thus, any of you Lake Champlain fans may want to make a note to call ahead if you plan to visit the Rusty Anchor in the spring. Phone: 518-563-6000.


• Ed Rovetto, owner of the Pizza Works that operates at 722 Saratoga Road (Route 50) in Burnt Hills, Saratoga County, hopes to move the restaurant to a new, larger building to be built immediately south of the current eatery, according to plans submitted to the town Planning and Zoning Commission. If approved, the new structure would cover slightly more than 7,200 square feet, of which nearly 4,900 would be home to Pizza Works, with the rest being leased to retail or office space. The project would not affect the original Pizza Works restaurant, established in 1988 in Ballston Spa. The company debuted in Burnt Hills in 1991 primarily as a take-out pizzeria, but in January 2005 relocated to its current freestanding building.

• The Five Guys burger chain is planning to develop its eighth Capital Region location, in the Hannaford Plaza in the Glenville town center. It would occupy part of a space formerly occupied by Aubuchon Hardware, which closed more than two years ago. Plans submitted to the town call for Five Guys to occupy 2,500 square feet of space, plus an outdoor patio. Among its nearly 1,500 locations in the U.S. and abroad are those at 7 Southside Drive, Clifton Park; 418 Balltown Road, Niskayuna; 600 North Greenbush Road, Rensselaer; 241 Route 9W, Glenmont; Wolf Road, Colonie Center; 602 New Loudon Road (Route 9), Latham, and 1512 Western Avenue, Guilderland.

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