Ugly Rooster Replaces Malta Diner, Lunch Market, and More in Bite-Sized

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After nearly 28 years as owners of the Malta Diner, Stefanie and Steve Gouvis have officially announced its permanent closure, six months after entering a winter break due to the winter resurgence of the coronavirus. The building, at 2476 Route 9 in Malta, will become a second location for The Ugly Rooster Cafe, which opened on July 1, 2009, in Mechanicville.

“COVID was truly the last straw,” the Gouvis wrote in their farewell word on facebook. “To be completely honest, we are just wiped out. Exhausted. Sad. We didn’t have the energy to keep trying.

The note continues: “It wasn’t all for nothing though. Serving this community for over 25 years has been an absolute privilege. Seeing the smiling faces of our customers is what got us through it all. … Many relationships have started here, some ending in marriages, even babies born because their parents met at the restaurant! We cannot thank you all enough for supporting us throughout the years. The memories we have shared over time will always be with us.

Walk-in interviews will take place at the old diner of the new Ugly Rooster from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 6 and 7. Applications are also accepted online at theuglyrooster.com and at the original Mechanicville, 312 N. Third Ave.

Make It Up State Launches Lunch Market in Albany

Make It Up Statea companion to the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market, which since February has offered crafts and prepared foods from regional vendors, last week introduced a second location, open 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays at SUNY System Administration at SUNY Plaza, 353 Broadway, Albany.

As pandemic restrictions ease and downtown offices begin to fill, the market will provide neighborhood employees and residents with a showcase of live music, art, local cuisine and gifts and goods locally produced, with a focus on health and wellness, said Make It’s upstate owner Erin Pihlaja.

The new market lasts for 10 weeks, until August 26.


Old Daley on Crooked Lake opens for summer dining

Old Daley on Crooked Lake, an event space operated by Troy-based Old Daley Catering which hosts a seasonal series of a la carte meals, opened this summer. Regular service on Wednesdays and Thursdays: bar from 4 p.m., happy hour from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., dinner from 4.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The menu is at olddaley.com/summer-dining/menu. No reservation required. Old Daley on Crooked Lake will be closed for a la carte dining on July 1 for a private event.

Old Daley on Crooked Lake is located at 2339 Route 43 in Averill Park.

Sixpoint alumni open Hudson Brewery and dining room

Three veterans of the famous Sixpoint Brewery in Brooklyn are developing a brewery in a former warehouse at 726 Columbia St. in Hudson that will launch its beers this fall, with an on-site brewery expected to open in mid-2022.

Called Back Brewing for its commitment to “old-world craftsmanship while looking toward paradigm-shifting innovation,” according to a company statement, it belongs to Mikey Lenane, Jack Liakas, and JD Linderman, who were respectively the heads of the innovation, design and brewing at Sixpoint, according to the announcement. The opening in Hudson gives “Return” added meaning for Lenane, who grew up across the Hudson River in Coxsackie, the company added.

He will have three styles of beer (descriptions by Return Brewing):

  • Tavern: formulations readily available, easy to drink, accessible… pilsners, porters and IPAs.
  • Garden: Beers that use creative methods to utilize the full richness of Hudson Valley produce, such as honey, fruit, and local grains.
  • Archive: Highly experimental, aged and often infused beers, contemplative and unique…blended from an extensive library of barrel-aged liquids.

Ingredients will largely come from the Hudson Valley, the company said, “with the notable exception of Return’s hopped beers, which will feature specific farms around the world to center the terroir and unique characteristics of these exceptional hops”.

New Bountiful Bread Opening at Frog Alley Brewing

Nearly three years after its announcement, the Schenectady site of the Bountiful Bread bakery-café has opened its doors, according to a Facebook post from the owner, White Management.

Officially called Bountiful Bread on State, it is located at 108 State St. at Frog Alley Brewing in the Mill Artisan District. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The telephone number listed on the parent company website at the moment is the same as the original, open since 1997 at Stuyvesant Plaza in Guilderland. There doesn’t appear to be a separate web or social media presence for Bountiful Bread on State yet, nor is it mentioned on the brand’s website. The menu is presumably largely the same as the original, visible at bountifulbread.com.

Different Drummers Kitchen organizes cooking classes for children

Albany Cooking School at Different Drummer’s Kitchen at Stuyvesant Plaza in Guilderland will run five-day themed cooking camps for children and teens over seven consecutive weeks from July 5 to August 16. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.

Students will learn to measure, mix, cook, spices, flavors and food cultures; eat what has been prepared in class; and receive a recipe booklet with all the dishes made during the week. The price per week is $345. The program includes film themes, food trucks, science foods and European picnics. Details and registrations can be made at differentdrummerskitchen.com or by calling 518-459-7990.

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