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  • Renovated Niagara Falls hotel gets a Tony Roma's
    Renovated Niagara Falls hotel gets a Tony Roma's
    A new Tony Roma's Steakhouse Restaurant is one of the attractions that are part of a major expansion of a Niagara Falls hotel officially unveiled on Friday. Officials present at the ceremony included Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul who, instead of...
  • High-cal Cheesecake Factory adding more low-cal items
    High-cal Cheesecake Factory adding more low-cal items
    The Cheesecake Factory, which despite regularly appearing on various worst-nutrition lists keeps packing in the customers, has announced plans to add a new “Superfoods” platform to its summer menu in August. They offerings will be...
  • Noodles & Co. picks Albany for first Upstate venue
    Noodles & Co. picks Albany for first Upstate venue
    The influx of chain restaurants into Upstate New York, frequently beginning with the Capital Region, continues. The latest is Noodles & Company, a Colorado fast-food chain that today verified it will open a restaurant in Albany.The Capital...
  • Early-morning fire destroys A&W in Lake George
    Early-morning fire destroys A&W in Lake George
    UPDATE (7/22/15): The Madden family, owners of the A&W restaurant gutted by a Sunday fire they say started in a kitchen printer, have started a $10,000 effort on the Go Fund Me fundraising site, with an eye on reopening for the 2016 season...
  • Dave & Buster's targets Henrietta for 6th Upstate site
    Dave & Buster's targets Henrietta for 6th Upstate site
    It happens so often that one might be excused for thinking it's a law. When you convert a huge shopping complex space to accommodate a lineup of smaller entities, one of them must be an eatery of some sort. In the Rochester suburb ofHenrietta,...
  • Menchie's fro-yo hits 500 venues with Saratoga opening
    Menchie's fro-yo hits 500 venues with Saratoga opening
    The Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt chain has opened its 500th location, this one located at 3076 Route 50 in Saratoga Springs. The new venue is the fifth in the Capital Region. The other are located in the Colonie Center mall in Colonie, at 22...
  • Burger 21 expansion to include Upstate markets
    Burger 21 expansion to include Upstate markets
    The burgeoning Burger 21 restaurant chain made its New York State debut last August when it opened in the Albany suburb of Latham. Today, the Tampa, Florida-based company announced plans for more Upstate locations -- in the Syracuse, Rochester and...
  • Qdoba picks Buffalo-Niagara for Upstate debut
    Qdoba picks Buffalo-Niagara for Upstate debut
    Qdoba Mexican Grill has just five locations in New York State, all in the New York City metro area. That soon will change, according to a report in today's Buffalo Business First publication. The chain has announced plans to begin an expansion...
  • Smashburger expansion plan targets 23 Upstate venues
    Smashburger expansion plan targets 23 Upstate venues
    Brad and Drew DeGrazia are hoping their success with a group of Moe's Southwestern Grill franchises will translate into major success with the Smashburger brand. The brothers, according to a corporate announcement made Wednesday, will open 23...
  • Wegmans introducing in-store Pub dining concept to NYS
    Wegmans introducing in-store Pub dining concept to NYS
    The Rochester-based Wegmans super market chain on Friday announced it will open The Pub, a full-service restaurant, inside its Amherst store as part of a $40 million expansion and renovation at the 8279 Transit Road location. When the project is...
  • Hardee's returning to NYS, beginning with Kingston
    Hardee's returning to NYS, beginning with Kingston
    The Ulster County Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday it will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday to mark the official opening of a Hardee's restaurant, the vanguard of a major expansion plan for the California-based chain.The fast...
  • Recovery Sports Grill chain closes 1 spot, will open 2 others
    Recovery Sports Grill chain closes 1 spot, will open 2 others
    This news item is something out of the ordinary. When the Albany-based Recovery Sports Grill chain has been in the news, it has always been because it is opening yet another location. Now, it has closed its venue in the Hannaford Plaza at 98 Wolf...
  • Olive Garden joining the table-tablet movement
    Olive Garden joining the table-tablet movement
    The Olive Garden restaurant chain, in the midst of reordering its business priorities under a new management team, today announced it will install Ziosk tablets at its 21 Upstate New York locations and more than 750 others across the United States...
  • A hot dog icon returning to its Buffalo roots
    A hot dog icon returning to its Buffalo roots
    In the foodie world at large, Buffalo is best known for its chicken wings. But, locally it also is known for hot dogs. Which is one reason Ted’s Hot Dogs is coming to town. Again.The local chain’s ninth Western New York restaurant will...
  • Coming to Upstate: Assembly-line pizza in 180 seconds
    Coming to Upstate: Assembly-line pizza in 180 seconds
    The Blaze Pizza chain is about to open its first Upstate New York location, and has plans to open several more in the Capital Region after debuting in Niskayuna, Schenectady County. Today's announcement did not reveal the locations of the...
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