Goodbye Gotchya's, hello Groggery & Clayworks

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Painted in the window of what used to be Gotchya’s restaurant on Beekman Street is a giant sign reading, “Coming soon — The Groggery.”

Owners Michael Pape and Michelle Corbett opened Gotchya’s Trattoria, an American pasta and pizza house, in July of 2005. On Tuesday, Sept. 27 the Gotchya’s website was up and running, but by Wednesday the home page simply read, “R.I.P. Gotchya’s July 2005 — September 2011.”

So what happened to the long-running pasta joint nestled in Saratoga’s arts district?

Although Pape and Corbett could not be reached for comment as of Wednesday evening, a voicemail recording at the old Gotchya’s phone number offers a few more details about the Groggery, a new pub/bar scheduled to open “soon.”

The message says the Groggery will serve, “beer, wine, cocktails and classic home-style bar food” and as of now — or when it opens — the pub will only accept cash payments.

Gotchya’s fans never fear — the Groggery will still remain under the same ownership when it opens its doors to the public.

“It’s the same owners as far as I know,” said Zack Lobdell, a manager at neighboring restaurant Beekman Street Bistro. “I think Michelle (Corbett) originally wanted to have an art gallery over there and they’re turning half of it into a gallery.”

Lobdell’s hypothesis appears on point based on another sign at the 68 Beekman building reads, “Clayworks at the Groggery.”

As of now, the official opening date of the Groggery and Clayworks is unknown, but because Pape and Corbett restored the historic building years ago before opening Gotchya’s, the re-design requirements shouldn’t take too long.

“They (Pape and Corbett) have been in and out of the building so far and we’re looking forward to seeing the new place,” Lobdell said.


Anonymous Milhouse said...

Great place but I think they doomed themselves. Used to be reasonably priced and always crowded. I went this summer during track season and the service stunk, nobody was there (sorry, three people at 7 pm on a summer weekday), and they had jacked up their prices. $25 for a plate of pasta. Damn good pasta, but it's still pasta. Sorry to see them dig their own graves . . .

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 7:36:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it is the same owners, why are they only accepting cash? Didn't Gotchyas take plastic? If serving food, it is a must to take plastic...better put a sign up on the door.

Thursday, September 29, 2011 12:14:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

was always a fan - live close by - but you could tell they were in trouble a year ago - some dishes that used to be great(e.g. veal parm) were no longer - too bad - nice folks - wish them well in the new endeavor

Thursday, October 06, 2011 5:49:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't get good service for even a shot of tequila.
Pretentious and boring.
Ca$h only, please.
"The Groggery".
Expecting to stay in business by appealing to the lowest common denominator.
Ca$h only, please.

Monday, October 24, 2011 11:52:00 PM 

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