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Legendary Saratoga restaurant names chef, updates menu

The Siro's sign in shown in 2020 in Saratoga Springs.
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The Siro's sign in shown in 2020 in Saratoga Springs.

SARATOGA SPRINGS Local landmark Siro’s announced this week it will be opening for the 2022 track season with a new chef and updated menu.

The restaurant, a Saratoga Springs institution, opens only during the thoroughbred racing meet each summer at the nearby Saratoga Race Course.

General manager Kevin Decker returns to Siro’s this year, as does its longtime maitre d’, Michael Stone, who has greeted diners for 29 previous seasons. 

It will be the second year Peter and Jake Spitalny have run the restaurant, which had a succession of owners in the preceding decade.

New on board is Chef Elliott Vogel, who has updated the menu. Unlike the new chef last year — who allegedly was a grifter operating under a false name, and whose arrest caused Siro’s to shut down briefly — Vogel is a known member of the Capital Region restaurant scene, a Culinary Institute of America graduate who was founding chef of Yates on Daley in Schenectady and has cooked at several other local restaurants.

Siro’s this year has a new oyster and clam bar with a new outside-only menu. 

The season kicks off July 13 with the Siro’s Cup fundraiser. Indoor dining begins the next day, with the start of the racing meet, and concludes Sept. 5, closing day of the meet.

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