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Quintessence to open in former Bloomers location in MaltaApril 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm by Steve Barnes, senior writer
The partners responsible for reviving Quintessence in Albany have added another restored silver diner to their portfolio. Joseph Zappone, the local lawyer and developer who, with his business partner, Pat Fiore, restored the New Scotland Avenue Quintessence and reopened it in August 2009, tells me the pair have purchased the former Bloomers an American Bistro location, on Route 9 just south of Northway Exit 13; Bloomers closed in late March. Pre-Bloomers, the building was the longtime home of the former Chez Sophie.
Given that minimal work needs to be done on the new location, Zapponse says, the plan is to open within a couple of months, though alcohol may not be available at first, depending on arrival of the liquor license. As at the Albany Quintessence, management of the Malta business will be under the direction of Nick Riggione, whose family owns the local Inferno Pizzerias and who is a partner with the owners, while Riggione’s brother Gennaro will supervises the kitchen. The menu will be the same as in Albany, and the name will remain simply Quintessence.
Zappone and Fiore last fall bought the former Kirker’s location in Latham with the intention of putting a Quintessence there as well. The availability of the Malta diner has put that project temporarily on hold, Zappone says, as the pair concentrate on opening in Saratoga County. They still plan to develop the Latham property, but not immediately, he tells me.
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1.Hip hip hooray.
Comment by dominic colose — April 5th, 2011 @ 6:56 pm
Comment by Mr. Sunshine — April 5th, 2011 @ 7:05 pm
3.WINNING! That’s about 60 seconds from our house!
Comment by Mark H. Delfs — April 5th, 2011 @ 8:50 pm
4.They must have bought it completely as-is, you can still see the bottles behind the bar if you drive by. Glad something is moving in there right away.
Comment by Smythe — April 5th, 2011 @ 8:50 pm
5.Were do I apply?!!
Comment by salvino — April 5th, 2011 @ 9:42 pm
6.Yeah! Bring on the spinach noodles! Can’t wait.
Comment by lakesider — April 6th, 2011 @ 5:35 am
Comment by pw — April 6th, 2011 @ 7:08 am
Comment by mattydread — April 6th, 2011 @ 8:17 am
9.I love the albany location, it brings me back in time, but can only get there maybe once a month leaving in nearby saratoga we will be there more often, GREAT NEWS, CAN’T WAIT
Comment by john — April 6th, 2011 @ 9:54 am
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