Monday, November 19, 2018

Opening & Closing & Etc.

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

CHANGING

• While the food service at the Western Turnpike Golf Course will not disappear, it will be handled by a different company. The Town of Guilderland is ending its partnership with the Mallozzi’s restaurant and catering firm that long has handled food and beverage service at the town-owned facility. Town Supervisor Peter Barber says the goal is to have a new vendor in place by the start of the next golf season. No mention of the change can be found on various Mallozzi Facebook pages (its Western Turnpike page was rarely ever updated), and the company website still features the clubhouse venue as one of its numerous venues. However, the golf course's own website contains a message stating: "The Town of Guilderland is seeking proposals from vendors to provide food and beverage services at Western Turnpike Golf Course. The town intends to select a vendor to operate a restaurant and bar at the golf course clubhouse, provide on-course mobile beverage services, and handle food and beverage needs at golf course facilities for members, guests, tournaments, leagues, outings, banquets, weddings and special events."

CLOSING

• Country Kitchen Bakery, which operates in the Exit 1 Industrial Park in Brattleboro, VT, will discontinue production on January 4, 2019, according to an announcement by owner Flowers Foods. While the bakery's products are carried by numerous markets in New York and New England such as Hannaford and Walmart,  it "does not have the production volume necessary to operate the bakery efficiently and remain competitive," Paul Baltzer, a spokesman for the Thomasville, GA-based corporation, said in an email to local media. Country Kitchen Bakery moved into the 70,000-square-foot facility in 1992. In 2012, Flowers Foods purchased Lepage Bakeries, the previous owner of Country Kitchen, for $370 million. Flowers, which sells products from 46 bakeries under such familiar names as Wonder Bread, Tastycake, Sunbeam, and Nature's Own, had sales of $3.9 billion last year.

DEVELOPING

Stewart's Shops is a perpetual motion corporation. If it's not replacing outdated convenience stores with larger, modern ones (Troy most recently), it's closing underperforming ones (Albany and Amsterdam most recently), or trying to get plans for new ones off the ground. In that latter category, it is renewing plans for a project in Voorheesville where local officials recently wrote a development plan for the village that blocked Stgwart's initial plan. Also, it has resuscitated an effort to seek approval to expand the existing shop at 406 Albany Shaker Road, at Everett Road, in Colonie. That project was first proposed back in December of 2017. The original plan would have nearly doubled the size of the existing 2,315-square-foot location, something that was met with strong public resistance because of traffic concerns at the already-busy intersection. A revised plan now contains fewer gas pumps and a more modest expansion, to 3,336 square feet. Stewart’s owns adjacent land at 410 Albany Shaker Road, but rather than combining the two parcels it would split that parcel and combine some of it with the Commercial Office Residential zoning of 406 and leave some residential. That would preserve the residential building and garage standing at 410 Albany Shaker Road. Such a project still needs planning board concept approval, then town board agreement.

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