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  • Saranac Lake closing will cut HoJo total back to 2
    Saranac Lake closing will cut HoJo total back to 2
    Last summer, the number of once-ubiquitous Howard Johnson's restaurants in the entire United States increased from two to three when a former HoJo reopened in Lake George Village after a two-year closure. On Tuesday, March 31, the number will...
  • Funny Bone Comedy Club & Restaurant picks Albany area
    Funny Bone Comedy Club & Restaurant picks Albany area
    New York is getting its second Funny Bone Comedy Club & Restaurant. The company announced today it will be the first tenant of the expansion now being built at the sprawling Crossgates Mall in the Albany County suburb of Guilderland, just off...
  • The Melting Pot celebrating with free-food offer
    The Melting Pot celebrating with free-food offer
    The Melting Pot chain of fondue restaurants announced today that there may, indeed, be such a thing as a free lunch. Or dinner. To mark something that may have slipped the collective mind of the consuming public -- the 6th annual "National...
  • Dunkin' Donuts latest to bow to consumer pressure over additives
    Dunkin' Donuts latest to bow to consumer pressure over additives
    If you notice a change in your Dunkin' Donuts selection in the near future, credit goes to an organization named As You Sow. The self-styled advocacy group, headquartered in Oakland, CA, has been lobbying the chain to phase out the use of...
  • Romano's Kitchen Counter experiment expanding
    Romano's Kitchen Counter experiment expanding
    Back in October, the Romano's Macaroni Grill chain introduced something called Romano's Kitchen Counter, an in-house fast casual lunch service to complement its regular full-service operation. Today, it announced that customer response has been so...
  • Unusual team bringing BurgerFi chain to Capital Region
    Unusual team bringing BurgerFi chain to Capital Region
    The first time a Capital Region auto dealer and a noted restaurateur tried to work on a joint project, it turned out to be a five-year effort. That was Armory Center and Yono Purnomo. But, that was then and this is now. Today,Angelo Mazzone, the...
  • LongHorn opens third Buffalo-Niagara area steakhouse
    LongHorn opens third Buffalo-Niagara area steakhouse
    When a Darden Restaurants Inc. operation has been in the news in recent months, it usually has to do with its financially troubled Red Lobster and Olive Garden brands. On Monday, the company announced that interim CEO Gene Lee has been named...
  • Break every chain
    Take back your life: 'There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain'
    The origin of sin began in the heart of one being, Lucifer. Sin first entered through the angelic world when his heart was filled with pride. He allowed his beauty to bring about his own self-corruption, and the result was him being cast out of...
  •  Is a Checkers Drive-In heading for Capital Region?
    Is a Checkers Drive-In heading for Capital Region?
    Is the Checkers Drive-In Restaurants chain expanding to the Capital Region? The company, which has numerous locations in the New York City metro area and the Buffalo-Rochester region but nothing in between, is advertising today on the Snagajob...
  • Subway: 43,000+ venues, but no room for Binghamton airport
    Subway: 43,000+ venues, but no room for Binghamton airport
    Subway sandwich shop locations seem to be on every street corner and strip mall in Upstate New York, but the world's largest restaurant chain is pulling out of the Greater Binghamton Airport at the end of the month. Spurred by that situation,...
  • National Beer-Bar Brands
    Weekend Pint: National beer bar chains
    Where to find good beerYou walk in to a crowded room filled with dark hardwoods, lots of mounted televisions showingsportsand a large, central bar. Servers are uniformed and professional and are quick with the glossy, colorful menus (some of which...
  • Shake Shack just a burger joint -- with an upcoming IPO
    Shake Shack just a burger joint -- with an upcoming IPO
    Shake Shack is an upscale fast-food chain that began in 2001 with a hot dog cart in Manhattan's Madison Square Park created to support the Madison Square Park Conservancy’s first art installation. The cart was an immediate hit and, after...
  • Sonic, Panda Express both working on first Capital Region venues
    Sonic, Panda Express both working on first Capital Region venues
    Two national chains are developing their first Capital Region locations within a half-mile of each other on the same busy thoroughfare. And, both Sonic Drive-In and Panda Express are looking at potential spring openings even though they are at...
  • Pizza Hut going all in with new gluten-free pizzas
    Pizza Hut going all in with new gluten-free pizzas
    Pizza Hut has been rolling out all sorts of new pizza preparations in recent months in its push to outdo the competition. However, its latest style is something at least one major chain competitor has been dabbling with for two years, according to...
  • Macaroni Grill, Joe's Crab Shack owners cracking down
    Macaroni Grill, Joe's Crab Shack owners cracking down
    If you're a fan of Romano's Macaroni Grill or Joe's Crab Shack, you may want to consider dining at those chain restaurants a little more often. Ignite Restaurant Group, the parent company for the two brands as well as Brick House...