Hattie's Award-Winning Fried Chicken To Open in Albany

For nearly 100 years, Lombardo's Italian Restaurant was a mainstay in downtown Albany, nestled near the corners of Madison Ave and Pearl Street in what used to be known as "Little Italy."

Credit: Hattie's Facebok Page
Credit: Hattie's Facebook Page

Sadly, back in 2018, Lombardo's went out of business, and the iconic space was vacated until it was purchased a few years ago by the group that owns the highly successful Hattie's restaurants found throughout the Capital Region.

Long gone is the iconic Lombardo's sign that cloaked Madison Avenue for almost 100 years, replaced by a newer "Hattie's" sign, and for months, people have been wondering when Hattie's will be open.

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Lombardo's iconic sign in Downtown Albany. It's since been removed, and will be the new home to Hattie's Fried Chicken Photo: Google Maps

Today's the Day!

Hattie’s, which was hoping to open sometime in 2023 in Albany,  will officially open its doors for business at 121 Madison Avenue, today.

Hattie’s Albany will be open for dinner Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting on March 14. Reservations can be made on OpenTable or by calling (518) 776-1440.

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The new Hattie's sign overlooks Madison Ave in Albany Photo: Business for Good Albany Facebook

Hattie’s already has other locations in Saratoga, and Wilton, as well as the seasonal restaurant at the Saratoga Race Course. This one, of course, will serve their famous fried chicken along with other Southern and Louisiana cuisine.

Hattie's fried chicken sandwich, known as "The" chicken sandwich, is golden fried and served with spicy coleslaw on a Kaiser roll - and it's widely regarded as one of the best in the area.

Hattie's Facebook Page
Hattie's Facebook Page

Hattie’s has been featured on Bobby Flay’s Food Network show “Throwdown” and the original storefront Chicken Shack has become a beloved neighborhood restaurant with a national following.

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We decided to post the question on our various social media platforms, and the results were pretty interesting.

For the purpose of our survey, we didn't care if it was made at a local mom-and-pop style pub, tavern, or restaurant or if it was made by a multi-billion dollar national chain.

If Capital Region residents knew of a place that builds a delicious, golden-fried chicken sandwich, we wanted to hear about it.

Here are the Top 9 Chicken Sandwiches of the Capital Region, Ranked!

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In the mood for a couple of pies or a slice on the go? The Capital Region is known for its great pizza joints! From Troy to Albany to Schenectady, and the surrounding towns and cities, great local pizza spots seem infinite. So to determine the best, we asked our listeners: who serves up the best pizza in the Capital Region? Here are the top 10 in the area - according to YOU! Happy eating!

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