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  • Keeping to a budget.
    5 tips to sticking to a monthly budget
    Capital Region families: having trouble sticking to a planned monthly budget? You’re not alone: 61 per centof adultsdon’t keep track of their money, and 60 per centhaven’t checked their credit score in the last 12 months. ...
  • Albany restaurant a Beard wine awards finalist again
    Albany restaurant a Beard wine awards finalist again
    What do you get when you have a 946-label wine list? A James Beard Award, one hopes. And the person doing the most hoping is Dominick Purnomo, sommelier and co-owner of the sister restaurants Yono's and DP: An American Brasserie in Albany, who...
  • There's a sort-of-new restaurant in Albany
    There's a sort-of-new restaurant in Albany
    The Barrel Saloon has decided to evolve -- into The Barrel Saloon and Texas BBQ. The Albany restaurant's morphing is meant to emphasize the refocusing of its menu to Texas-style barbecue, put together by Lou Legros, perhaps best known for his...
  • Cusack joins renovated McGuire's in Albany
    Cusack joins renovated McGuire's in Albany
    "We are happy to announce that McGuire's will re-open Wednesday January 28th. New look, new chef, new menu." That's the complete announcement the downtown Albany restaurant posted on its Facebook page on Sunday. The restaurant...
  • Investing remains the right choice
    Investing fears: A lesson from Dutch tulips
    The stock market collapse in 2008 damaged people everywhere, from Wall Street to Main Street, from Washington to London, from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to Rotterdam, New York. Many people were hurt, badly. Still, too many people, to their own...
  • Venue closing a rare whiff for Albany entrepreneur
    Venue closing a rare whiff for Albany entrepreneur
    Well, they can't all be hits. Capital Region restaurant entrepreneur Matt Baumgartner today announced the permanent closing of Sciortino's, the casual Italian restaurant he installed in the former Miss Albany Diner barely two years ago...
  • Albany 'Wine & Dine for the Arts' nearing sellout status
    Albany 'Wine & Dine for the Arts' nearing sellout status
    Anyone interested in attending the upcoming 6th annual Albany Chefs' Food & Wine Festival had better act quickly. Michelle Hines Abram, one of the chief organizers, today reported that all VIP passes have been sold and the "Slider...
  • Albany's posh Taste being suceeded by pan-Asian restaurant
    Albany's posh Taste being suceeded by pan-Asian restaurant
    It obviously was only a matter of time after the downtown Albany restaurant Taste was put up for sale two years ago. And, when the owners of the poshly-designed space switched from a la carte service to a $25 prix fixe menu back in September, the...
  • Will gas prices fall to $2.00
    Gas prices: How low will they go?
    Capital Region drivers are getting an early Christmas present in the form of rapidly dropping gas prices. Scanning albanygasprices.com, at local Cumberland Farms, Stewart's Shops, Hess, and more, prices range from $2.79 to $2.72 per gallon, at...
  • Albany's Hot Dog Heaven closing Sunday
    Albany's Hot Dog Heaven closing Sunday
    Hot Dog Heaven, which has operated as a quick-serve icon in downtown Albany since 1995, is closing. Its final day is scheduled for this Sunday.The following message announcing the decision was posted on its Facebook page on Wednesday: "After...
  • Mental Health
    Paul's story: Left untreated, mental illness threatens lives, families, jobs
    Before moving to the Capital Region, I spent my early life in Yonkers with my large baby-boomer family of seven (parents plus five children). My oldest brother was Paul, and to a person, we all remember the cold December night in 1966 when the...
  • 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...