The city of Albany is seeking proposals for the restaurant space at Capital Hills

The building the restaurant space shares with the pro shop.

The city of Albany is seeking proposals from potential operators of the year-round restaurant space at the city-owned Capital Hills golf course.

The 4,000-square-foot restaurant space shares a building with the golf course pro shop (map), and includes a 1,700-square-foot patio that sits out back above the course.

The current restaurant is Martel's, which has been operating there since 1994. Owner Roger Martel said this week that he would like to continue occupying the space as a family restaurant that also appeals to golfers. "We haven't submitted a bid yet, but we are very much intending to," he said Monday.

Martel said his current contract with the city ends March 31.

A clip from the request for proposals, and a few other bits...

Proposals must provide a plan for the utilization of the facility, outlining the type and style of the proposed operation and the number of anticipated employees. Proposals must include a sample menu with prices. The price, quality and quantity of food and beverages shall all be subject to the approval of the City. Alcoholic beverages will be permitted to be sold or consumed on the premises. A license to sell liquor for consumption on the premises is required to be maintained in effect for the entire term of the lease. The restaurant must be open for business on all days and evenings which the Capital Hills is open for year-round recreational activities, including holidays, and shall be open at other times when requested in advance by the City for special events.

The city is hosting a walkthrough the space for potential bidders this Thursday, February 15 at 1 pm. The city asking for RSVPs for walkthrough to go to course superintendent Scott Gallup prior to February 14 at 4 pm.

Capital Hills usually is open for golf from early April until around Veterans Day. During the winter it acts more or less like a large park, with off-leash dog walking, sledding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

The deadline for proposals is March 2 at 2 pm.


For what its worth, I think Martel's does a great job for what it is. Decent food and drink selection with appropriate prices, friendly staff. My wife had our baby shower in the tented area there and it went great. I frequent the restaurant year round and have no complaints with Martel's.

While the food and drinks are certainly fine, I think this space would benefit from some serious updating. The Martel's in Colonie is much nicer even though our course in Albany is far more beautiful. The plaid carpeting, 80s style furniture and bathrooms all could use some improvement.

The waitstaff at Martel’s are friendly, professional and know the vast majority of the restaurant’s clientele. It is a very nice gathering place for bite to eat after golf, or church, or just to meet friends. Hopefully Martel’s will continue after March 31st.

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