Monday, April 22, 2019

Opening & Closing & Developing & Etc.

• A roundup of the latest news briefs about people, places, and products on the food-and-beverage scenes in the Greater Capital Region and Western New England.


Owner Laura Kerrone has announced that she will be closing her Troy business, Psychedelicatessen, on Friday, June 14. In a lengthy Facebook posting, she wrote of the 275 River Street business, " 'A restaurant's popularity doesn't always reflect its financial stability.' Such is the case at Psychedelicatessen ... (T)he little bagel shop that could -- that's pushed through so many adversities, setbacks, and tragic equipment failures -- can no more. ... Regardless of how tasty our bagels are, the reality is, every time we 'pushed through' some setback, we really just dug a deeper hole -- a hole that I realized doesn't have a bottom. The reality is, financially, I probably should have closed my doors a couple years ago. The reality is, I just couldn't give up on my dream, something that I just KNEW was important, that people loved so much. I don't regret digging myself deeper -- not for one second -- but I've reached a point where there's no recovery. ... Closing down is my ONLY option. ... "

• The Marrakesh Authentic Moroccan Cuisine restaurant lasted barely a year in the Clifton Park Center shopping mall, following the fate of predecessors  Alaturco Mediterranean Grill, Istanblue, and Truva that closed in the same space. (Alaturco continues to operate in its original venue at 2007 Doubleday Avenue in Ballston Spa.) Owner Adam El Ghazaoui confirmed the closing, although he has posted nothing about it on the restaurant's Facebook page, which has not been updated since mid-January.

The Vermonter Candy Co., located in Putney, VT, is no more, a victim of rising costs, according to Carolyn Handy, the second generation of the Handy family to own and operate the artisanal candy company. It was founded in Dorset in 1950 and moved to Putney the following year. Her father, Herbert "Stick" Handy, and grandfather created the recipe for the maple-flavored candy. She took over the business in 2004. In a Facebook announcement, Handy said, "The business employed many people in the Southern Vermont area as the candy has always been a labor intensive product. With the rising cost of doing business, especially the minimum wage increases, making our special and thin maple brittle is no longer profitable. The business is not for sale, but if the next generation of Handys ever become interested, the recipes would be passed on to them."


The Copper Crow, a food-and-craft cocktails venue, is in the planning stages for 443 North Pearl Street in Albany. Jason Pierce, co-owner of the Savoy Taproom on Lark Street, is in the process of purchasing the single-story former film warehouse from Albany County which took ownership of the building as part of a foreclosure process.


Revolution Cafe has switched locations in Schuylerville, moving from its original 31 Ferry Street venue, where it debuted in 2016, to 135 Pearl Street opposite the Schuylerville schools campus. Owner Cassandra Wilusz calls her enterprise a community-based cafe, saying, "Our goal is to serve fresh eclectic food while creating an open free spirited environment.  ... A true measure of integrity is how you care about your community and those in it.  We are committed to organically growing and supporting our local village and purchase local whenever possible." The menu is available online. Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. Phone: 518-695-3930.


  1. "Psycho" was one of my favorite. I didn’t get there enough, clearly.

  2. Sorry to see yet another spot in that block of River Street bite the dust. (Referring to Jose Malone's and whatever the name of that cocktail lounge someone tried to open next door to it, plus the River Street Cafe.)

  3. What's left there besides Ryan's Wake and Brown's Taproom?

  4. If the Copper Crow project works as well as the Savoy did in its latest incarnation, this should be a plus.