Monday, August 7, 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.


• Delaware Trolley House, whichn has operated for about two years on Albany's Delaware Avenue, will close later this month. according to owner Anton Pasquill, who cites lack of sufficient customer traffic. Pasquill recently bought founding partner Joe Bonilla's share of the business. Pasquill continues to own and operate the Hudson River Coffee House at 227 Quail Street, Albany.

• The Local 388 Burger Bar, which has operated for just 2 1/2 years at 388 Milton Avenue in Ballston Spa, will close after service next Friday, August 18. In a Facebook comment, owner Paul Pruitt explains, "Business has been good, can always be better, but Ballston Spa is a great town and the support shown us has been tremendous. Unfortunately, the family situation has changed and this is the driving force behind the decision." No word on what enterprise might move into the venue, formerly home to the short-lived Crazy Cow and, before that, Loca Luna.


• A local restaurateur has acquired the seasonal Church Street Cafe in Lenox, MA, and plans to make it a year-round Asian cuisine enterprise operating under a new name to be announced. Laura Shack, chef-proprietor of the adjacent Firefly Gastropub & Catering Co. and co-owner of the 20 Railroad Public House in Great Barrington, purchased the restaurant from the Lenox Restaurant Group.  The latter company, owned by Stephane Ferioli, Ariel Collins and Aurelien Telle, also operates the Alta Restaurant & Wine Bar, also on Church Street. (Keep reading for news on another Len ox development.)


The Lenox (MA) Select Board ha approved an annual all-alcoholic hotel license application for 33 Main LLC, which is about to open an eight-room bed-and-breakfast at that address. The owner is Annie Selke, but the B&B will be managed by Recebba Lilley, former Great Barrington town clerk. The inn, scheduled to open on Saturday, August 19, will offer drinks to the public at a cocktail hour and at special events for guests of the inn.

• Three minus two equals one. And, one is the total increase in the number of restaurants coming to Schenectady's Union Street commercial sector. Although Bier Abbey and Cafe Nola recently closed for good, three or more new enterprises already are on the drawing boards, as explained in a thorough report in today's Daily Gazette. "There will be three new ones opening up in the next three months. And, if a building’s owner is successful in his search for a new tenant, a fourth new restaurant will open in what used to be Bier Abbey," the newspaper reports. "Between Broadway and Seward Place, there are six restaurants now operating. There are two shuttered restaurants, one of which has been gutted and is being rebuilt for an October rebirth, and two more eateries being created from scratch, one in a former tavern, the other in a former yoga studio. Add in the assorted restaurants within a block or so on various side streets, and there will be 19 places to sit down and eat in the little neighborhood by end of the year." Go here for the full story.

• The 99 Bridge Street space in Richmond, VT, that until recently was home to Sonoma Station quickly found a new tenant. Richmond residents Amy Gifford and Susan Whitman, who have been preparing frozen meals with local ingredients the selling them online, plan to expand their business in  September by creating the Richmond Community Kitchen in the former Blue Seal Feeds building. In addition to selling their prepared foods at a storefront, they plan to rent out the commercial kitchen, maintain a community space for up to 36 people, and hold cooking and wellness classes.

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

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