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  • 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...
  • 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 made its entrance on the scene through the angelic world when Lucifer's heart was filled with pride. He allowed his beauty to bring about his own self-corruption, and the...
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