Monday, September 25, 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.


The Malta cafe Wired Coffee and Bagel has opened a second location, in the new Pioneer Savings Bank headquarters at 652 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie, opposite the Times Union building. The original is located at 1104 Ellsworth Boulevard in Malta. In addition to the items in its name, both locations also offer burritos, wraps, and other sandwiches. The menu is available online.


B-rads Bistro no longer has a bricks-and-mortar Troy restaurant, but its former 1809 Fifth Avenue location will be taken over by Minar Indian Restaurant, now in development there. B-rads, owned by chef Bradford Stevens, now is largely a catering and food truck business, the way Stevens began, but does operate B-Rads Bistro Express, a kiosk in the same 677 Broadway, Albany, building that is home to the uber-upscale Angelo's 677 Prime. His catering arm now is in the former Germania Hall in Troy's Lansingburgh neighborhood.


Local 388 Burger Bar in Ballston Spa has closed after a 2 1/2-year run. Owner Paul Pruitt, who said the decision was based on a "change in family circumstances," also said, "Thank you to everyone who came out over our last few weeks and to all who have supported us over the last several years. We have met many wonderful folks and it has been a true pleasure to serve you all. With love and respect we say goodbye."

The Doughnut Dilemma is shutting down in two phases. It is closing ts bakeshop at 55 Main Street in Burlington, VT, but will make its doughnuts available until the end of September at the Burlington Farmers Market. The business then will close entirely, according to an announcement on its Facebook page. Michelle Cunningham started the business in her South Burlington home in 2014 and moved to a downtown storefront in the spring of 2015.

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

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