Call it a comeback

lou bea's pizza shop on Delware in Albany

A renovated spot on the renovated Delaware Ave

Or a rebirth. Or what's old is new again. Or, just... lunch.

A few favorites from around town recently came back in a new form:

We've eaten some very fine slices of pizza over the years at this shop on Delaware Ave in Albany (a street which has gone through its own recent rebirth). So we were very sorry to see a fire shut down the pizzeria last year.

It's now back open -- Silvia has the scoop. We walked by the other day and the place looks great. (And Lou-Bea's is up for a spot in this year's Tournament of Pizza -- vote now!) [TU] [DelSo]

The Illium Cafe
This nice spot on Troy's Monument Square closed during last year's Tosca financial meltdown. The cafe re-opened with new owners Tuesday -- they even had big scissors for the ribbon cutting.

The new Illium menu looks good. We're already planning for some "Irresistible Banana-Macadamia nut Flap Jacks". [Upstate NY Restaurant Examiner] [@jpirro1]

Bonus Monument Square area rebirth: the former Paper Sparrow space has been reborn as Anchor No. 5 Boutique -- run by Albany designer Petra Jancovicova. [Revel In Art]

Tess is at McGeary's
Tess Collins -- you know, Lark Tavern Tess -- is now managing the renovated McGeary's Pub in downtown Albany and she's along brought along some of the Lark Tavern crew. Steve was at the re-opening and it looks like he enjoyed some "excellent" sliders.

(Thanks, Jessica R!)


With so many businesses having to close their doors lately, it's great to hear some good news... Congrats to new owners and new beginnings!

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