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Restaurants open, closed in 2021


This is the start of my annual list of restaurants that opened and closed last year.

Please suggest additions via email to [email protected] or as a comment on this story. (Click on the black bubble with three dots at the top right of the story, just below the title.) As I confirm new information, I’ll move it into the full list.

Unless otherwise noted, restaurants listed as closed are permanently closed, to the best of my ability to determine, but given the vagaries of the industry, greatly exacerbated by the madness of the past two years of the pandemic, I wouldn’t be surprised if some have come back to life.

So far there are 80 openings on the roster and only 26 closings, the biggest disparity to date in the rosters I have kept since 2009.

Last year, at the start of the pandemic in 2020, the churn rate was not as high as expected, with 74 opens and 42 closings. In 2019, the capital region had 90 openings and 52 closings; the final total for 2018 was 104 openings and 64 closings.

518 Donuts, Clifton Park
Adani’s Kitchen, Albany
Alif Cafe, Glens Falls
Allen Street Pub, Albany (new owner)
Aloha Krab, Florinland
The American Hotel, Sharon Springs
Artis on the Creek Southern Cuisine & Steakhouse, Catskill
Arthur 1795, Schenectady
Ballistic shrimp, Albany
Banh Mi 47, Albany
Vegan Bar, Albany
Bard & Baker, Albany
Belt Line 3 Restaurant & Bar, Albany
Cafe of benevolence, Troy
Generous bread, Schenectady
Benelux Brewery, Saratoga Springs
Cafe Con Mel, Cohoes
The Cakerino, Rensselaer
The Copper Crow, Albany
Jamaican Cuisine in Dainty, Albany
Dave’s Gourmet Burgers and More, Schenectady (moved)
DeFazio Pizzeria in Albany Distilling, Albany
Thyme Dinner by Chef Larry, Brunswick
El Cilantro at Shirley’s Restaurant, Saratoga Springs (moved, take out only)
Elbo Take Away, Latham
Tap Farm + Taverne, Altamont
Finnigan’s on the Lake Tavern & Grill
The Fox and the Burn, Troy
Fuze Box, Albany (reopening, new owner)
The Gallery Bar & Grill, Spa Ballston
Pizza Parlor Gennaro, Guilderland
The Ground Up Cafe & Lounge, Albany
Guy’s Flavortown Kitchen, Colony (delivery only)
Harvest smokehouse, Valatie
Herbie’s Burgers, Albany
Hooked Market & Kitchen, Latham (moved and renamed, same owners)
Iron Coffee Co., Albany
Jimmy’s egg, Florinland
Kitchen 216, Albany (move, not yet reopened)
The Kitchen Table, Albany (new name of New World Bistro Bar, same owners)
Lily’s Cafe, Glenville
Madison Pub, Albany
Mess Hall, Poestenkill (moved, same owner)
Mixed breed brewery, Guilderland
Mom & Pop’s Rocking Table, Porters Corners
Mr. Bumbles Café, Albany
The Mughal Palace, Albany
Munnzie & Alysse Soul Bistro & Traiteur, Albany
Italian restaurant Nove, Gansevoort
Nyx, A Scratch Baking Co., Albany
Pearl’s Bagels & Bakery, Albany
Pint size / No fun, Troy
QuitaB’s, Albany
Rooted + Rind, Delmar
Rudy’s V&R, Albany (moved, same owner)
Salsa Latina, East Greenbush
Bistro Sawa Sushi, Glenmont
Sea Smoke Waterfront Grill, Watervliet
Silky’s ice cream, Bern
The skinny pancake, Albany
Asian Fusion Sogo, Latham
Spice Malabar, Clifton Park
The rotating gyroscope, Albany
Stella’s Creamery & Cakes, Schenectady
Subculture, Albany
Sweet happy days, Cohoes
The Sweet Chef, Ballston Spa
Take Two Café, Schenectady
Taqueria Guadalajara, Ballston Spa
Tequila’s Mexican Bar & Grill, Niskayuna
Le Petit Diney, Cohoes
Trattoria Fortunata, Saratoga Springs
Troy Beer Garden, Troy
Ugly rooster, Malta
Union Bonchon Chicken & Seafood Cajun, Schenectady
Union Seafood, Albany
Union Seafood, Troy
Wasabi, Troy
Burger Assistant, Albany
Wolff’s Biergarten, Troy

Anna’s Wood Fired Pizza Co., Latham
Artis Southern Cuisine & Steakhouse, Schenectady
Drive you crazy, Rensselaer
Berben & Wolff’s, Albany and Troy
Café Boulud in Blantyre, Lenox, Mass. (closed indefinitely for renovation)
Carney Tavern, Ballston Lake
Cosmic Donuts, Kinderhook
Pizza Parlor Gennaro, Guilderland
Jack’s Diner II, Albany
Jake Moon Restaurant and Cafe, Clarksville
Korean barbecue K-Plate, Albany
LAX Restaurant & Lounge, Albany (renamed Bar Vegan, same owner)
Malta Diner, Malta
Le Pin Notty, Troy
Oh corn! Arepas and more (closed during a move)
Cafe Oliver, Glenville
Pearl Street Pub, Albany
Post office, Albany
Vietnamese bistro in Quang, Troy
Sam’s Italian American Restaurant, Albany
Silver Creek Deli & Catering, Westerlo
Tala American Bistro, Latham
Le Petit Diney, Cohoes
Villago Pizzeria & Ristorante, Ballston Lake
Bistro Westfall Station, Averill Park
Zaitoon Kitchen, Albany