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Funday: Bagels, Beer, Breadless & Burgers

March 6, 2015

It’s been awhile since I’ve share some press releases with you all. I know, because the oldest is a little dated. That would be the one about BurgerFi coming to the region. And now it’s officially old news because yesterday I was at the unveiling of the new Sonic that’s coming to Latham this summer.

You won’t be hearing about Sonic today though, because for some reason, that press release was delayed. But if you were watching TV yesterday, you must have seen it because there were three TV crews and reporters from the Schenectady Gazette, the Times Union and the Business Times. This burger chain opening is an oddly large news event for the Capital Region. Perhaps I can share my thoughts on that later.

Anyhow, today we have some interesting news from all over the area. Oddly, a lot of it is jew-ish. We have bagels in Ballston Spa, the Funky Jewbelation release party at Shmaltz, and the annual tour of our local Passover supercenter at the Kosher Chopper.

With the most recent Sonic news, the old news about BurgerFi, and the very very old news about Burger 21, Latham is shaping up to be ground zero for the coming burger wars. I can’t wait to see how that plays out.

Now, here’s what the PR community is saying about all of this, in their own words.


Your search for downstate bagels has ended in Ballston Spa. If you crave the real deal in NYC bagels, Good Morning Café now serves H&H Bagels direct from Midtown. The café has just launched it’s TASTE of NYC menu items including toasted poppy, sesame and plain H&H bagels served with butter, fresh scallion cream cheese and of course lox, cream cheese, red onions, tomatoes and capers.

The Taste of NYC also features homemade favorites: potato pancakes (latkes) served with fresh sour cream and homemade applesauce and cheese blintzes with blueberry sauce. These items are prepared gluten free.

Good Morning Café will soon be adding grits to the menu as many customers have been requesting this popular Southern side dish. These are also a gluten free item. Good Morning is committed to expanding its gluten free menu to meet the demands of the growing population seeking gluten free dining. Gluten free bagels are also available. Standard fare at the café includes a variety of gluten free and vegan soups. New Spring Hours begin Saint Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17th. Open Tuesday through Sunday 7:30 am – 1:30 pm. 518-309-3359

Join us for the OFFICIAL RELEASE of FUNKY JEWBELATION ’15 on SAT, MARCH 7 from 2-6pm. Get your first taste of ’15 and savor vintage funky and a sweet vertical jewbelation from our vault. We’ll have FUNKADELIC MUSIC from D.J. Chad Koenig and wood fired pizza from PIES ON WHEELS. A $30 ticket gets you a FUNKY ’15 12oz Tulip Glass plus 5 samples, 1 pizza from PIES ON WHEELS and 1 22oz Bottle of Funky Jewbelation ’15. Pay as you go or buy advanced ticket for a chance to win He’brew Swag!


(Colonie, NY) Just in time for Passover, Price Chopper Supermarkets will be hosting a Kosher Open House to highlight the more than 1,000 Kosher for Passover products available, provide samples from a wide variety of Kosher for Passover products and to get cooking tips from kosher catering experts. Passover begins the evening of Friday, April 3 this year.

The open house will be held on Sunday, March 8 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Price Chopper’s Kosher Store in Colonie (1892 Central Avenue), the region’s premier kosher market.

Representatives from Kosher food purveyors Empire Foods, Osem, Streit’s, Kedem Food, Manischewitz, Joyva, Dr. Brown’s, Tabatchnick, Montreal Kosher and Gabila’s will be in attendance to provide samples and meet with attendees. In addition, the authors of the award-winning Divine Kosher Cooking cookbook will be on hand with Passover recipes and cooking tips.

Year-round, the Kosher Store in the Colonie Price Chopper, under the strict supervision of the Vaad Hakashrut of the Capital District, includes a larger Kosher meat and deli department as well as the area’s only full service Kosher bakery. The expanded department is the largest Kosher section in Northeast New York (between Monsey and Montreal). In addition, the Kosher meat shop, deli and seafood departments will be koshered or prepared for Passover (under the strict supervision of the Vaad Hakashruth of the Capital District) in order to provide customers with the most popular fresh cuts of meat – brisket, Top of the Rib, French Roast, Veal Roast and Turkeys. Kosher for Passover deli salads, meat provisions and cuts of salmon will also be available.

About The Golub Corporation: Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 134 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 22,000 teammates collectively own more than 47% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit

Joint Venture with Owners of Lia Auto Group and Mazzone Hospitality

LATHAM, N.Y. – BurgerFi, one of the fastest growing names in fresh, all natural, quality burgers will be landing in the Capital Region. Bill Lia Jr., Michael Lia and Vincent Lia of Lia Auto Group have partnered with Angelo Mazzone of Mazzone Hospitality under the company Burger Ventures, LLC. The first BurgerFi location, situated in a newly constructed plaza owned by the Lia’s at 860 New Loudon Road, Latham, will open this spring.

“This is an exciting time to introduce BurgerFi to the region and provide our customers with a healthier and higher quality option in a modern, sustainable setting,” said Bill Lia Jr.

BurgerFi, short for “Burgerfication”, is headquartered in North Palm Beach, FL, and currently has 58 locations throughout the country including company owned and franchised units.

BurgerFi has made its mark with never frozen, grass fed Angus beef that is free of growth hormones, chemicals and additives. Additionally, each BurgerFi store is built to reduce its carbon footprint on the environment. Tables are made from recycled Coke bottles, chairs consist of compressed wood and large fans utilize 66-percent less electricity. The chain has strict recycling programs in place for all its oil, cardboard, bottles and cans at each restaurant location.

“The menu is simple, food is creatively presented, and the atmosphere is best in class,” said Angelo Mazzone. “BurgerFi is a great modern approach to an old, American classic.”

In addition to an assortment of burgers, BurgerFi serves Kobe beef hot dogs, fresh cut fries with an array of toppings (salt and vinegar, parmesan cheese and herbs, BurgerFi chili, hot Cajun spices), onion rings, homemade frozen custards, craft beer and wine.

A second location at 460 Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs is in progress with development plans for additional locations throughout the Capital Region.

About BurgerFi:
BurgerFi is the fastest growing better burger chain in the U.S. Currently with 58 units open, the chain is expected to double its size by 2015 as well as expand internationally. Known for its fresh, all natural, hormone-free Angus burgers as well as its natural fries, frozen custard, signature hot dogs and craft beer, BurgerFi was recognized in the Top 50 “Movers & Shakers” by Fast The company began in 2011 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with the idea that if burgers, America’s favorite food and a billion-dollar-a-year industry, why not make them better? The company became popular fast with burger lovers everywhere who were looking for fresh, quality, all-natural option in their favorite food. To learn more, visit


2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 6, 2015 10:19 am

    Can’t wait to try the bagels, but I wish they were getting some everything!

  2. March 6, 2015 12:09 pm

    So if the bagels are coming from NYC, how fresh will they be? Bagels are pretty much only good for one day. They day they are made.

    Have you tried their latkes? I finally made it to Parkside Eatery for the first time and their latkes were killer. Even after sitting for a while.

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