Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Openings & Closings & Etc.

• The latest reports on restaurants and food vendor openings, closings and transitions from the Greater Capital Region, as well as occasional entries from the Catskills, Central New York, Southern Vermont and the Berkshires.


• Taste O Ireland has opened at 195 River Street, a former pet boutique, in downtown Troy. The shop, decked out in traditional Irish green decor, offers a range of imported Irish and British foods such as sausages, pies, pastries, cookies, chips, chocolates, soft drinks, and so forth. The owner is Stacey Weinberger, a native of Northern Ireland. She has posted numerous picture of her products on her Facebook page. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Phone: 518-461-4791.

Shacksbury Cider has opened a tasting room at 11 Main Street  in Vergennes, VT. The company produces old world-style and experimental ciders from heirloom and foraged apples collected throughout the Champlain Valley. "This space is intended as our experimental cidery," co-founder Colin Davis told the publication Seven Days, explaining that the bulk of the company's major releases are produced at a larger facility in Shoreham. The Vergennes location houses Shacksbury's barrel- ging and wild yeast propagation programs, Davis said, and the cidery produces many of its small-batch, wild-fermented ciders there.


• A question mark may be appropriate here since there has been no formal announcement, but ... Blue Flower Thai, which opened last winter at 144 Washington Avenue in Albany, appears to have closed. The telephone number has been disconnected, its Facebook page hasn't been updated for five months, and the venue has been dark during normal business hours for a week or more.

• There appears to be a double closing in Saratoga Springs, according to the Times Union. It reports that the Beekman Bar & Eatery, "a six-month-old reincarnation of what for four years was the restaurant 62 Beekman, appears to have closed. The website and Facebook pages are gone, the telephone number has been disconnected, and the building is listed as available for lease. [And] A coffee shop just down the street, Beekman Street Café, which was opened in spring 2016 by the same owners [the the father-and-son team of Dominick and Darren DeVietro], may have closed as well. Its telephone number goes directly to voicemail during normal business and isn’t set up to accept messages, and its website has been taken down, though the Facebook page remains active and lists upcoming events."

• Anyone looking to visit the Burlington, VT-area restaurants Sugarsnap Cafe, in the Technoogy Park in South Burlington, and Sonoma Station in Richmond is out of luck. Both have gone out of business. Abbey Duke said on her company website she closed Sugarsnap to focus fulltime on catering. And, chef/owner Monica Lamay said she closed the 11-year-old Sonoma Station in hopes of getting into another as-yet-unspecified aspect of the industry.


• Oneonta, with a downtown that has grown threadbare and underpopulated by residents and businesses over the past few decades, has been announced as the recipient of a $10 million state redevelopment grant to spur revitalization. Among already-announced projects: the refurbishing and reopening of the Autumn Cafe, which closed in January after a 37-year run, with Wayne and Rebecca Carrington of the B Side Ballroom and Supper Club handling the project; the creation of a Food & Beverage Innovation Center on Market Street, which would feature a commercial kitchen, classrooms, and a micro brewery, all functioning as a resource for the numerous organic food producers and craft breweries that have sprung up in the region; the city previously received $4.5 million from the state to help with the land acquisition and construction costs of the project.

• Go here to visit the Capital Region Brew Trail
• Go here to visit Dowd On Drinks
• Go here to visit Dowd's New York Wines Notebook

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