6.21.2009

Three summer staples

Feeling like a burger? The new Twilight Grille offers 40 different kinds, including turkey, seafood and veggie burgers. The most expensive creation goes for 12 bucks; most are $8 and a plain ol’ burger is just $5.
Also on the menu are hot dogs, steaks and barbecue. Look out for an oyster bar coming soon. Desserts will include fried ice cream, old-fashioned frozen bananas on a stick and chocolate soufflé.
Owners Casey and Alex Herrera opened the restaurant last week at 17 Maple Ave., where Mare nightclub is also housed. The two venues will operate side by side, with Twilight offering happy hour specials, live music on the patio, and a late night menu for club-goers.
The Herreras owned Havanas, a takeout joint on Caroline Street in 2005 and currently run a catering business.
Call 879-1509 for more information.

Chuck Fentekes is setting up a hot dog shop at 7 Caroline St., former home of Lime Restaurant. It’ll be the fifth shop owned by Fentekes, a Troy native and president of Capital Region food chain Hot Dog Charlie’s. The others are in Clifton Park, Lansingburgh, Cohoes and Rensselaer. Fentekes is a lifelong restaurateur, and the third generation at the helm of the hot dog business, established in 1922 by his grandfather.
“Growing up, that’s what I knew I wanted to do,” he said.
Fentekes’ sister, Florence Dimitriadis, is also a partner in the business.
he menu sticks to the basics — which are plentiful enough to send any fried-food lover into a blissful coma: hot dogs, burgers, fries, Italian sausage, popcorn chicken, onion rings, soft drinks and milkshakes round out the offerings.
One specialty is the mini dog with the works: onions, mustard and chili meat sauce slathered on the dog in a bakery roll.
The restaurant will be open late, but not for a few weeks. It’s currently undergoing a change from shades of green to something more “blueish,” Fentekes said.

Sports spectators, welcome again to heaven on Earth, er, on Phila Street, that is.
Peabody’s Sports Bar and Grille is scheduled to reopen July 1, say new owners Joe and Steph Richardson. They bought the building at 39 Phila St. this spring and will run the bar as a separate entity alongside Bailey’s Café, which Joe Richardson has owned for eight years.
The two restaurants now have adjoining patios.
Peabody’s will offer a full sports bar menu and 25 high-definition TVs, playing baseball, football, basketball, the NBA League Pass and the NFL Ticket on Direct TV.
“Any game you wanna watch, you can watch it,” Joe Richardson said.
The restaurant will be sectioned off into sports-themed areas: the Penalty Box (red light included), the Center Court (offering a full bar), the Back 9 patio, the end zone (with a variety of games) and the Outfield room, complete with a Yankee Stadium replica and home-theater-style seating in front of a giant main screen.
Peabody’s will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to midnight.

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