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Caribbean restaurant opens in former Albany pizza joint

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Irie Vybez, a Caribbean restaurant run by industry first-timer general manager Garth Antonio, has opened at 313 Central Avenue in Albany. The location, between North Lake Avenue and Quail Street, formerly was a pizza shop.

The new venture seats up to 15 guests, offers Wi-Fi, as well as discounts to college students with proper ID. That could turn out to be a strong marketing outreach effort in the predominantly student-residence neighborhood.

The menu, which runs the gamut from jerk chicken to smoothies with nothing priced above $11, includes such dishes as Brown Stew Chicken with rice and peas, curried goat, cowfoot and mannish water, the latter a Jamaican goat soup rumored to be an aphrodisiac. Hours: 8 a.m. to midnight, Monday-Thursday. 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. Phone: (518) 487-4844.

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