Friday, August 4, 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.

OPENING

• Vermont's Washington County is about to get its third Blue Stone pizza restaurant. The new venue will be at 83 Main Street in Montpelier. The first Blue Stone was opened in 2012 in Waterbury, the second last winter in Waitsfield. The new enterprise is in renovated space that for about 60 years was home to Coffee Corner. The business is owned by Chris Fish and Vinny Petrarca. They specialize in pizza, wings, burgers and about 30 Vermont beers  on tap and in bottles and cans.

SELLING

• This item is more about land ownership than it is about restaurant changes. Fagan Development Co. has listed the 2.53-acre Central Avenue, Colonie, property that is home to both Grandma's Pies and Restaurant and the Indian provisions company Parimar Grocery & Cafe. The asking price is $2.4 million. Joe Fagan purchased the land and buildings in September 2008 for $1.6 million. The listing includes the land, the buildings, all equipment, and parking for 50 vehicles.

MERGING

• Fidelity National Financial Inc. today announced its private-equity subsidiary, Fidelity National Financial Ventures LLC, parent of the 106-unit casual-dining chain Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub, would merge that company with J. Alexander’s Holdings Inc. Alexander's operates restaurants under various names, primarily in the South and Midwest. Ninety Nine operates in New York and New England, with five of its eight New York venues in the Greater Capital Region -- Colonie, Rotterdam, Queensbury, Saratoga Springs, and Clifton Park. No immediate word on what the merger will mean for the restaurants as far as consumers will notice.

• 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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