One of my favorite chain restaurants in the Capital Region has permanently closed without warning. There was no indication that this location would close. I found out from a Facebook post from someone looking for lobster ravioli.
If your kids participate in any indoor sports in the Capital Region, chances are they have had a game at one of the Afrim's Sports complexes. Now there will be a fifth location. This time it's up north.
We finally have Chick-fil-A in the Capital Region and there are more being proposed. It seems, though they are building in already congested areas. This one is no exception it may be the busiest area in Rensselaer County.
We found out last month that a popular bar and restaurant on a busy stretch of Route 9 in Latham was closing after twenty-three years. We now know what is going to happen to J.J. Rafferty's Bar & Grill and it's something completely different.
The $1.08 billion Powerball jackpot was won by one winner in California. Although no one in New York State cashed in on the top prize, there was an Upstate New Yorker who is $1 million richer. Check your New York Lottery Powerball tickets because someone in Upstate New York is a one-million-dollar winner!
Back in September, it was announced that another national hoagie restaurant chain would be coming to Upstate New York. They said they would put ten locations in the Capital Region. We now know where the first sub shop will go.
The Starlite Music Theater opened in 1957 and was a popular venue located in Latham. There were many acts that passed through the Starlite until 1997. It was a 3,000 seat theater in the round. In the 1980s I saw Belinda Carlisle of the Go Gos at the Starlite Music Theater. Kenny Rogers, The Monkees, Weird Al Yankovic, Jonny Cash, Run DMC, Diana Ross, and more graced the stage. The Starlite closed its doors in 1998 and laid dormant for years. Then in December of 2012, the Starlite was demolished. Here are pictures of the venue in the summer of 2012 before it was leveled.
The old Kmart building on Watervliet Shaker Road in Latham is becoming an entertainment and sports destination. The Scarlet Knife, an upscale restaurant just recently opened and more construction is on the way including a new sports complex.
If you observe Lent or you just want a fish fry, here is a guide to the best fish fries in the Capital Region according to Yelp! reviews. There are some restaurants that specialize in fish fries and others that are full restaurants. There are 10 on this list but there are probably twenty more we could have listed.
Shaker High School graduate, Tommy Kanhle is entering his 9th season in Major League Baseball. The right-hander from Latham has pitched well enough to earn a 2-year/$11.5 million contract with the New York Yankees through the 2024 season. However, Kahnle's second stint in pinstripes has gotten off to a slow start.
Hoffman's Playland was an amusement park in Latham from 1952 until 2014. Even though many of the rides were relocated to Huck Finn's Playland in Albany, Hoffman's holds a soft spot in many Capital Region families' hearts. Take a look at abandoned Hoffman's Playland.
If you shop in the Latham area, you know that there are a ton of stores for every need. Whether it's PetSmart, Lowe's, Walmart, Home Depot, or grocery stores, this area is a shopping hub. This is why I was completely caught off guard when I noticed the huge sports store that I usually shop at was temporarily closed!
If you drive along Route 9 in the Latham/Cohoes area chances are you have driven by this eyesore. It was an operating motel for quite some time, became apartments, and then it declined. Eventually, it was condemned. Now construction crews are tearing it down.
There is a popular maybe even legendary Japanese restaurant in the Capital Region that has only had one location. It was announced that they will be adding another location up the Northway in Saratoga County. For the owner, it was a lifelong dream.
You're at work, slogging away at your desk when you get a notification on your phone. It's a picture of your dog, fast asleep on the couch with a bit of drool pooling on the floor next to him. And at that moment, you remember why you're working so hard in the first place. To afford doggy daycare, of course!