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Capital Region dining-go-round keeps spinning



• The Papa John's pizza chain may have pulled out of 471 Troy-Schenectady Road in Latham, but the site didn't stay vacant for long. Dan Zonca, owner of the 66-year-old Bob & Ron’s Fish Fry on Central Avenue in Colonie, is developing the Latham spot as a second site. He plans to offer his core menu at the new venue while adding such options as grilled seafood and steamed clams and mussels on a seasonal basis. He plans to sell wine and beer at both locations. An April opening is projected.

• The owners of the Albany businesses Pearl Street Pub & Dirty Martini Lounge, Barrel Saloon and Capital American Eatery & Lounge are developing an Irish pub at 42 Eagle Street, formerly the former Capitol Hill Deli. Chris Pratt and Alessio Depoli said the project will be named Public House 42, with a street-level bar. Projected opening is in June.


• When it comes to food in Watervliet, the local chatter usually involves the in-development Price Chopper market that controversially replaced the demolished St. Patrick's Church. But, there is other news. The Irish pub McIntyre’s has temporarily closed for a renovation of its 795 Third Avenue location, a popular live music venue. Without going into details, its Facebook page announced it will be under new ownership when it reopens.

• One Six Five Grille, the restaurant at Normanside Country Club in Delmar, now is simply One Six Five. Chef Ken Ruud has just added new lunch and dinner menus at the facility, which is open to the public for meals. Address: 150 Salisbury Road. Phone: 439-4505.


• Gianna’s Pizza, Subs & More, at 1401 Broadway in Watervliet, has closed. A sign says a Thai restaurant will succeed it. No details given.

• Caffé Vero, an offshoot of the Lake George original of that name, will end its Albany run after 3½ years. Owner Maria Congo is quoted by the Times Union as saying business in Albany is too slow to justify keeping the coffee bar open. It will close near the end of April.


• The Whistling Kettle this week opened its second location, now serving from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at 254 Broadway, in the Keenan Building. The location, just off Monument Square, had been home to the Broadway Brew Biergarten and Broadway Brew. Hours: 874-1938. The original cafe is located at 24 Front Street in Ballston Spa.

• 15 Church, located at that Saratoga Springs address west of Broadway, opened for business this week. It is owned by Thomas Burke and Paul McCullough, with the well-reviewed Jason Baker in charge of the kitchen. The Times Union describes it as "a comfortable yet elegant dining room." Hours: Tuesday through Saturday for dinner (bar at 4:30 p.m., kitchen at 5) and from 4 p.m. Sunday. Phone: 587-1515.

Coffetime@HellasBakery, already operating in Schenectady, now is open in downtown Albany's Clinton Square in the Melville’s Mug location. It offers breakfast and lunch. Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Phone: 698-9070.

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