9.14.2009

Pizza on Broadway expands; Factory Store update

Pizza on Broadway doesn’t serve just pizza. And with its newly expanded dining room, there are at least two reasons for patrons to sit down and relax over hearty Italian lasagna or a hot parmesan sub.

Mike Calvi, 24, who co-owns the restaurant at 384 Broadway with his parents, Tony and Janet, said a storage space between the restaurant and Raina’s jewelry shop was transformed this summer into a new dining room, which opened in time for Travers weekend in late August.

The long, narrow room features hardwood floors and elegant wall decorations and can accommodate about 30 people in addition to the seating at the front of the shop, Calvi said.

“I anticipate more of a family style” dining experience, he said of what customers can expect of a visit to Pizza on Broadway.

The space is also available for large parties or events. Table service isn’t currently offered, but Calvi said he expects to take on more wait staff for that in the future, as well as add to the already expansive menu.

“I say, you come in and if you have the time, I’ll make you whatever you want,” he said.

The expansion also doubled the size of the kitchen, leaving Calvi and his staff more room to prepare food for catering orders.

The Calvi family, of Westchester, bought the building and opened the New York-style pizza shop in July 2008.

Call 306-6911 for more information.

Broadway clothing outlet plans fall grand opening

The Factory Store, one of a chain of upstate apparel outlets known for branding its locale, has been quietly doing business on Broadway since Memorial Day.

Merchandise includes embroidered sweatshirts depicting horses, history and springs, while some are tie-dyed and emblazoned with “Saratoga.”

Ron Brown, owner and co-founder of Brown & Sons Inc., said the 328 Broadway store is the newest addition to his Mohawk-based company, which has shops in Cooperstown and Old Forge.

So far, Brown reports that business has been satisfactory despite the lack of advertising he’s done.

“My expectations were subdued due to the economy and all, but we’re pleasantly surprised,” he said.

A fall grand opening event is planned at the store.

For more information, call the local store at 584-2028 or the Mohawk headquarters at (315) 866-5150.

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