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  • Family Fest
    Event at Proctors empowers families with financial information
    Families in the Capital Region—traditional, foster/adoptive, single-parent, same-sex—are searching for solutions in a storm of financial stress. At Family Fest, a community event to be held at Proctors Theater, this Sunday, a workshop...
  • Albany's only Peruvian restaurant closing, prior to a planned reopening
    Albany's only Peruvian restaurant closing, prior to a planned reopening
    After a run of barely a year, La Empanada Llama will close its current location, a first step toward relocating at another Albany venue. The Peruvian restaurant opened just last summer in space once occupied by the Crestview Deli at 26B Picotte...
  • So, you want to be a (non-Albany) restaurateur ...
    So, you want to be a (non-Albany) restaurateur ...
    I recently posted a story on the many <a href="http://dowdnotesonnapkins.blogspot.com/2014/07/albany-interested-in-becoming.html">restaurants and cafes up for sale or lease in the City of Albany</a>. However, if you're...
  • Capital Region restaurateur closing one spot, developing another
    Capital Region restaurateur closing one spot, developing another
    Capital Region restaurateur Sonny Brar has a case of good news-bad news. After more than six years in business, his Indian restaurant Zaika, located at 54 Clifton Country Road in Clifton Park, Saratoga Springs, will be closing. But, he has another...
  • The Grille at 138 enters the downtown Albany dining scene
    The Grille at 138 enters the downtown Albany dining scene
    Bonnie Kohl wasn't out of the restaurant business for long. She closed her suburban Delmar restaurant, The Rustic Gourmet, in April, but on Monday opened The Grille at 138 in downtown Albany.The new venture fills the space at 138 Washington...
  • "Food Fight -- Meatball Edition" competition shaping up in Albany
    "Food Fight -- Meatball Edition" competition shaping up in Albany
    Food fight! Meatballs! Yes, they do go together. Or, they will when the annual "Downtown Albany Food Fight," this year subtitled "Meatball Edition," goes off from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, September 28, at various downtown...
  • Bitcoin breaks into the Capital Region via the coffee scene
    Bitcoin breaks into NYS dining via the coffee scene
    The Capital Region is claiming a financial first in New York State.CT@HB has teamed up with Capital City Coffee Roasters to make use of the innovative Bitcoin financial system to, as a company statement released Friday put it, "provide a...
  • Dino Petrocelli
    Ride your motorcycle through downtown Albany for just $150
    Since today happened to be a beautiful, hot, summer day, and my husband and I finally had some free time together, he decided to take me for a motorcycle ride. I wanted to check out a few potential parking lots for work, and also to verify that I...
  • Is there really a sign of life for Albany's Sign of the Tree?
    Is there really a sign of life for Albany's Sign of the Tree?
    When last we heard about the Sign of the Tree, restaurateur Michael LoPorto was battling with the state's Office of General Services. LoPorto, owner of LoPorto Ristorante Caffe' in downtown Troy, had a lease for the restaurant space in...
  • So, you want to be an Albany restaurateur ...
    So, you want to be an Albany restaurateur ...
    Interested in becoming a restaurateur in the state capital? The possibilities run the gamut. Here are some examples of what currently is being listed for sale in Albany. Details and prices are courtesy of the LoopNet real estate websiteLombardo&...
  • traffic lights
    Red light, green... no red light
    Albany legislation is moving towards installing red light cameras in the city to nab violators. What this will mean is that if a person jumps a light, or goes through one after it turns red, the camera will snap it and that person will face a...
  • Fireworks at the Albany Empire State Plaza
    Albany's Independence celebration off with a bang
    Thousands enjoyed another spectacular fireworks display by Alonzo Fireworks at the Albany Empire Plaza tonight with weather holding out at the event to commemorate our independence and freedoms. The event is the biggest display in the Capital...
  • Troy Soul Cafe community meal program expanding to Albany
    Troy Soul Cafe community meal program expanding to Albany
    The Soul Cafe today made it official. Its expanded community meal progam that has been in operation across the Hudson River in Troy will debut in Albany from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 262 State Street. It will be a...
  • Teens posing for a picture at school
    Albany Graduation rate still dismal
    Albany's graduation rate inched no more than a percent to only reach near 54 percent as the drop out rate remains high at 20 percent.Education Commissioner John King said that one in four students still aren't graduating after four years....
  • Albany 'Wine & Dine for the Arts' issues a call for 2015 beneficiaries
    Albany 'Wine & Dine for the Arts' issues a call for 2015 beneficiaries
    The date -- January 15-17. 2015 -- has been set. The promotional poster has been revealed. Now, what is needed for the 6th annual Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival is a set of beneficiaries of its "Wine & Dine for the Arts"...