SARATOGA SPRINGS -- When last we knew of any Capital Region project involving noted Brooklyn restaurateur Javier Rodriguez it was his appearance at a November fundraiser for the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief.
Now comes word that Rodriguez will become a fixture here, developing a restaurant locally and planning to move to the suburb of Clifton Park with his wife and two children who have been staying there while he commutes to Brookyn.
Rodriguez, 35, was maitre d' and sommelier of the renowned The River Café in Brooklyn, which was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy and is closed for cleanup and repairs. He also was the 2012 winner of the Concierge Choice Awards honor among New York City maitre d's.
Javier and his wife, Kathleen, who has family in the area, are sorting through a number of location possibilities for a restaurant to be called Javier's. A spring opening is projected, but we know how those things go with start-ups.
Brian Bowden, who departed from the high-profile head job in early November at Creo in Guilderland's Stuyvesant Plaza, will be the executive chef. He'll represent Javier's in the upcoming Albany Wine & Dine fundraising extravaganza in support of local arts organizations.