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NaNola, explained

By Bethany Bump
Thursday, October 24, 2013

The owner of Bayou Cafe in Glenville is opening his latest restaurant in Malta next week.

The restaurant/bar at 2639 Route 9, just off of the Northway Exit 12, was previously home to the Malta Home Design Center. Local entrepreneur Ralph Spillenger and his son, Shane, bought it and transformed it into a restaurant similar to the Bayou, which opened in the late '90s. But while similar in theme to the Bayou, which has a Cajun/New Orleans feel, the new restaurant has a name unique to its location.

"NaNola is a play on words," wrote the Spillengers on the restaurant's Facebook page. "Nano meaning small and with the Nano Chip Factory being so important in Malta these days we took that and mashed it in with Nola, which is short for New Orleans. Essentially meaning Small New Orleans."

In the last five months, the owners have provided updates to the community on Nanola's Facebook page. The restaurant includes a new outdoor deck, some furniture from the old Quintessence in Albany, at least 24 kegs at the bar, and servers will take orders and accept payments on iPads.

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