A look at the new Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Troy

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One week to go...

The Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Troy isn't officially open for a week, but things were hopping over there Tuesday.

We dropped by to watch them hang the new chandelier, created by Camille Gibeau and Greg Tkal of Silver Fox Salvage in Albany. While we were there we got a sneak peak at the new place (still in progress) and the food.

The dining room is shaping up nicely, but the walls are still a little bare for a Dinosaur. They're usually covered with fun signs, posters and paintings.

"That's my job tomorrow," says owner John Stage. Stage says he's going to hang some local art on the wall -- paintings of musicians by Commander Cody and some prints of the Collar City. "There are so many talented artists in the Capital Region. We want to hang some of their work."

The Dinosaur tries to bring a little local flavor to the walls of all of its locations.
They also like to create a signature dish for each location. For Troy, Stage says they're trying a home made beef and pork Texas hot link-style sausage. "I'm looking forward to it. It's always been a dream of mine to make my own sausage."

All this week the kitchen and wait staffs are doing run-throughs, pretending to be patrons, seating people, trying the food and serving BBQ to a few lucky "guinea pigs." Right now Stage says they're on track to open on Wednesday but "we'll probably be putting the last screw in the wall as we open."

Here's a little of what we saw today. We only wish your computers had smell-o-vision.

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Seating practice
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The bar back was salvaged from Syracuse:

Seats with a view:
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The View.JPG

Raising the fabulous chandelier:
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Silver Fox Salvage owns At The Warehouse, which has advertised on AOA.


I might have to move to Troy. *stomach rumbles in agreement*

I love the "seats with a view" - such a shame that the riverfront anywhere in the Captial Region is such a dump.

I can hardly wait! My mouth is salivating just looking at the food. Best wishes to the Dinosaur for a successful opening.

Just had some Dinosaur-BBQ in Rochester over the weekend, can't wait to get it around here!

I think I gained 5 lbs just looking at the food pictures! There goes my diet!

I live within _smelling_ distance. I'm afraid what this is going to cost me every week.

I'm within nose range, too, and it suddenly occurs to me that Dinosaur is gonna be more valuable as a take-out option (for extreme locals like me) than as a sit-down. Here's the Syracuse take-out menu. If the Troy prices are similar, my annual patronage might look like eleven take-outs to one dine-in. Hadn't seen that till now.


really want to move to troy now...

Sweet Fancy Moses, that plate with the egg looks heavenly.

Do they take reservations? If so, do they have a phone number yet? There's nothing on the Dino BBQ site right now.

I imagine it is going to be really busy the first few days

BBQ? check. Water views? check. Well stocked bar? check.
Local theme(s)? check. Local, original music? If November's (early) live music schedule is any indication, the joint will be rockin'.

This is going to kick the butt of that Pig that has the ridiculous sign along 787 telling the Dino to bring it on!

Rubbin' Butts Rules!!!!

@paul If it's anything like the one in Syracuse it's going to be really busy all the time. I tend to eat at odd hours and every time I've been to Dinosaur I've had to wait. Getting takeout is the way to go, especially since you can go sit down in the park in Troy.

This is so great for Troy and the Capital district. Their food is tasty, good atmosphere, it may well bring those food lovers back the collar city. Best of luck Dino. I have worked in Troy for 17 years and next to Ryan's Wake, this is the best thing that's come here.

@ Paul - the Syracuse location doesn't take reservations, and I'm assuming it's the same for the others.

I assure you the food is still worth the wait.

wtf how can I be a guinea pig there? I tried calling but no number. I got a hold of the other branches but no info. PLEASE let us be guinea pig now, we'll pay!

So many restaurants have failed in that PERFECT location. I just hope Dinosaur knows how to do it right, and by the look of those photos, they just might. If they succeed, it will be a great thing for Troy and a terrible thing for my waist line. Awesome.

What, no framed portrait of majority owner Socialst George Soros in the lobby???

This is pretty exciting. The food looks fantastic and the restaurant is shaping up nicely. Can't wait to check it out.

Benny and I have been to the Dinosaur Barbeque in Syracuse many times. Great music, food and atmosphere. Can't wait until it opens!!!

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