Spot Coffee Saratoga opening -- and looking to spot other locations

spot coffee signSpot Coffee -- a chain of "progressive continental-style cafes" from western New York -- says it expects to open its downtown Saratoga location at the Market Center development this Wednesday (February 6). The grand opening is scheduled for February 15. (The Saratoga location has been in the works for about a year -- and had earlier been slated to open this past December.)

Spot is also planning a location in Glens Falls and Spot's Simon Ouderkirk says the company is building out its space there. He says Spot is also "actively pursuing a location" in Troy. And the company is hunting for two more locations in the region.

Full press release about the Saratoga Spot post jump.

SPoT Coffee Saratoga Opening!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Spot Coffee, a progressive coffee shop serving top-end espresso beverages and cafe-style foods, is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of their first location in the region, located in Saratoga Springs at 55 Railroad Place, withiin the Bonacio-developed Market Center. The Grand Opening Celebration will take place Friday, February 15th, from 5PM to 9PM, complete with ribbon cutting and complimentary food and drinks for the community.
The shop will be open from 6A to 11P on school nights, with 7A - 12M hours for weekend days. Spot Coffee is widely known in Western New York for their in-house roasted coffee, gourmet pizzas, and the famous Mike Sandwich. The location in Saratoga Springs marks the first expansion of the brand into the Capital Region, with plans for two additional cafes to open in the region in 2013. In advance of the Grand Opening, the shop will be open for business starting Wednesday, February 6th.

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Yippeeee!!

You will be happy when Spot opens - excellent place!

@Jessica R, Kristofer: The last time we posted about Spot, people were very positive, too.

So, I'm curious: What's it like? What makes it good?

There's a corner spot--basically across the street from Bella Napoli--in the Fresh Market plaza in Latham that I've thought for a while now would be a fine spot for a coffee shop, a nice alternative to all the Dunkins and Starbucks in that area. How 'bout it, Spot?

if this is the same place that i'm remembering when i lived on elmwood ave in Buffalo they say things like "park it" or "on wheels" to indicate whether the order is for there or to go. interesting.

@Greg
Growing up as a teenager in the Buffalo suburbs, Spot was just the "cool" place to be. It was the neighborhood coffee shop before Starbucks was even created and coffee shops became omni-prevelant. In fact, I'm pretty sure that when the first Starbucks opened in Buffalo it opened across the street from Spot, and was basically always empty. Even as a non-coffee drinker (at the time), I still wanted to go there for their yummy food, drinks, live music, random chess and board games scattered around the place, and true local, neighborhood vibe. They were also ahead of their time with lots of vegetarian and healthy options. When they opened their second location it was attached to the local record store. So, I could feel extra cool lounging at Spot Coffee and picking up the latest Ani DiFranco record/poster!

I hope they can replicate their neighborhood-centered vibe in a town they aren't familiar with. I really open they succeed in this area and open a place in Troy!

You get Spot, we get Trader Joes. Seems like a fair trade.

You'll enjoy Spot.

Malta please!!!

Troy hardly lacks for decent coffee shops, but I suppose the support for them is what draws new ones. It would be great to see something like this anywhere in the neighborhood of the Capitol in Albany, especially if there were a place that wasn't alcohol-based and was open into the evenings. The options are very few.

I love Spot Coffee. They locate in urban, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, have delicious coffee, tasty food, and will stay open until 11pm. I continue to search in vain for a coffee shop open past 6pm in Troy during the week. Based on how crowded Spillin' the Beans is on weekend mornings, there is room for growth there.

I live in Troy and I have, like, a half dozen coffee shops within walking distance of my apartment, and yet...I want this one too. Maybe it's greed, maybe it's caffeine addiction, maybe I'll have to up my coffee intake just to help support all these shops, but I would be absolutely pumped (with excitement, and probably caffeine, but mostly excitement) if Spot came to Troy.

I agree that Troy has a lot of coffee shops. It would be great if Spot targeted the area around RPI. RPI tried to put a coffee shop near campus (Where Moe's is now), but if I recall it closed really early. Staying open later will also definitely set them apart from other venues in town.

As someone who went to college in Rochester I love Spot ! I agree, glad it's made it's way to our region. A very relaxed fun environment for the coffee and non coffee lovers. I also hope that like previous posters it stays open late in this area too.

Why are all the great food/coffee places located in Troy???

Guilderland/Rotterdam/Schenectady has squat for good coffee houses... there are dozens of places over here that would be perfect for one, I really hope they look in this area!

How about Delmar NY??

Can't wait to check it out! Best of luck, Simon!!

I'll give a shout out for Albany! Especially downtown, open on weekends, and past 5pm please! It would be another wonderful addition to the walkability of Albany.

Just had lunch there... very promising. The day's special salad (mesclun with nuts, cheeses and dried cranberries and a balsamic dressing) and Mike special sandwich (two easy over eggs on a bagel with cream cheese and melted provolone) were generous for the price and excellent. Lots of other things to try on a return visit, soon.

They want this to be a welcoming community space but it's a bit of a challenge because it's long and narrow and there's a giant pillar right in the middle of it. Still I think it will be a big hit. (It's already got lots of traffic and is not even officially open till next week.)

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