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Reel Seafood to return

New owner. New look. New menu.

Reel Seafood Co. will reopen Tuesday at 195 Wolf Rd. in Colonie following a three-week long makeover spearheaded by its new owner, according to a news release issued Thursday. Aliki Serras, 28, bought the 228-seat restaurant last month from her father, LeGrande, who ran the place for 30 years. On Jan. 6, she closed the restaurant to begin a $600,000 around-the-clock renovation expected to wrap up in just a few days.

It's just the first of two renovations the restaurant will eventually see this year. In the fall, Serras will embark on a $400,000 project to enlarge the patio and add retractable glass walls for year-round dining.

The menu was also reworked for the grand reopening with help from Reel Seafood's new executive chef, Dustin Aipperspach, who previously ran Café Milano in Colorado. In addition to some original items, the new menu also features contemporary dishes like rare-seared ahi tuna, blue lump crab and wasabi pea-crusted Alaskan halibut. The restaurant's raw seafood bar will triple in size, too.

Reel Seafood is one of only a half-dozen independent restaurants that still operate along the Wolf Road corridor. The younger Serras decided to buy the restaurant from her father in 2011. She visited her uncle's restaurant management company to learn more about the industry, found a private investor to partner in the restaurant and secured a loan before buying it late last year.

Reel Seafood will open for dinner Tuesday and Wednesday next week at 4 p.m. and resume lunch service on Thursday at 11 a.m.

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