The restaurant Forged will be run by A.J. Richards, a certified executive chef (CEC), and Christina Ostrander, a local resident. The couple plans to be married sometime between the restaurant's soft opening in early May and the end of that month.
Richards has been the executive chef of The View Restaurant at Dunham's Bay Resort in Lake George. There, his menus -- including the wines, beers and spirits -- leaned heavily toward locally-sourced ingredients, a preference the Syracuse native said in in a 2013 interview that stemmed from his earlier work under chef Brian Sterner at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs.
Having a restaurant in the building is part of a revival plan that will include community meeting spaces and a youth center.
"We have been very particular about the type of restaurant we would accept to lease the space, and both of these people have extensive restaurant experience," said William Nikas, the village attorney who heads Phoenix Rising. "They will offer a fine-dining experience on one side of the restaurant and a pub menu on the bar side, covering a much broader range of menu choices than you'll see in other local restaurants."
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