Motorists who regularly drive on the Hudson River Road in Waterford may have been startled by the change of a longtime business there. What had been Costanzo's Riverside Restaurant for more than 20 years has been renovated and now is operating as the restaurant/banquet house Chrome Food & Spirits. It is a first-time food enterprise by Darla and Dave Cherry of Halfmoon. Anyone looking for bargain-priced food will be delighted by their menu: There is only one item that tops the $10 level, and that's by a mere 25 cents. (You can view the entire menu on Facebook.) Hours for the 60-seat restaurant and 25-seat bar are 3 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Phone: 326-2725.
Tierra Farm, the Valatie wholesaler of nuts, dried fruits, chocolate and coffee in 30 states, will open a store at 1034 Madison Avenue in Albany on Tuesday. The store is located in the complex that houses the Tierra Coffee Roasters cafe and the Madison Theater. The event will be marked by a free showing of the movie “Earth” at the Madison, free coffee at the cafe, live music by Jonathon Newell, Mary Leigh Roohah and DJ Matt., and a Randall Schmit art exhibit. The store’s regular hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The average lifespan of a restaurant at the Peter Harris Plaza in Latham seems rather brief. The newest dining space in development their is El Charro Mexican Grill. It's being created where The Pasta Factory operated until closing last fall. Before that, the same space was home to Nothing But Noodles. The shopping strip is located at 952 Troy Schenectady Road near the Mill Road intersection. No word yet on a projected opening date.
The bakery-cake shop Sweet Temptations, which had operated for more than four years at 469 Albany Shaker Road in Loudonville, apparently isn't operating anymore. The phone has been disconnected and the shop has not been open during regular business orders for several weeks.
Things keep changing at the Normanside Country Club's restaurant One Six Five. The latest is a new adult beverage list. list. There are 19 by-the-glass wines, although none from New York State. In fact, only one New York wine is offered by the bottle, a Millbrook Cabernet Franc priced at $38. There are nine draft beers and ciders, and 10 signature cocktails priced at $9 each. "Social hour" food specials priced at $4 each are available from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Normanside, which is open to the public for lunch and dinner, is located at 150 Salisbury Road in Delmar.