Sciortino's closed, Taste closing

sciortinos exterior 2013

We'll miss tucking into a booth there.

Two bits of Albany restaurant news:

Sciortino's has closed
The pizza/Italian-American spot in the former Miss Albany Diner space on Broadway closed at the end of the year. Posted Matt Baumgartner today on FB: "Although Sciortino's was a very personal restaurant for me, I feel like something new and exciting in that space would be more beneficial to the booming Warehouse District."

The space is up for lease (details at the link). Baumgartner mentioned a few ideas for things he'd like to see there to Steve Barnes.

Taste is closing
The downtown Albany upscale dining spot is closing next week (it had been for sale for years) -- its banquet business will continue. The space is apparently being taken over by a restaurant group planning a pan-Asian concept. [Biz Review] [Table Hopping]

Speaking of the Warehouse District and food... It looks like Druther's is making progress on its new brewery space just off Broadway.

Earlier on AOA:
+ In 2012, Baumgartner talked with us about how the concept for Sciortino's was based on his and his business partner's family food memories
+ Architecture gawking in Albany's warehouse district


re: Taste is closing
The space is apparently being taken over by a restaurant group planning a pan-Asian concept. [Biz Review] [Table Hopping]

Of course, because when I think about Albany, the dearth of pan-Asian restaurants really sticks out to me.

WTF? How about something different? Does downtown really need another sushi-fusion place?

Huh. Thought Druthers was shooting for a New Years' Eve opening when it was first announced. Ah well; who wants to wander around down there when it's -8* anyway?

I think its such a good idea I've left it on the TU table hopping blog

"Physically connect it {Scortinos} to Wolff’s and move all food ops over, creating a backroom and more space at the Garden. Then rebrand as a German restaurant, with food served by staff in lederhosen, and call it the “Wurst Restaurant in Albany.”

I'm half kidding. How about Pastafarians, an Italian + Jamaican fusion restaurant with Atheist flair? No? How about "I did it all for the Cookie," a baked good cafe where people can binge their way to forgetting their poor taste in early 2000's music. Take 'em people, my gifts to you.

So I take it the rumor that Matt was teaming with Troy's, Vic Christopher to open a Paulie Gee's Pizza is false. That's a shame.
I'm still awaiting the day when these two powerhouses of local late night cuisine unite.

Very funny, daleyplanit. I would vote for the first one, "Wurst..." - the infrastructure is already in place -- quickly followed by Pastafarians...Hey, I would be a fitting

daleyplanit...nailed it.

Matt B is very good for beer holes. As far as food goes, it pretty much sucks in every one of his establishments.

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