GLENVILLE – Max410 At the Waters Edge will open officially Thursday, at the site of the former Waters Edge Lighthouse in Glenville.
The businesses owner, and executive chief, Mike Fortin, is excited for his restaurant’s larger space and new location. Max410 is named after Fortin’s son and 410, a play on the family last name Fortin, the owner explained.
“We relocated here to the former Lighthouse,” Fortin said. “I know the Lighthouse had done a lot of seafood in the past, but that really is our thing. We’re a steak and seafood restaurant, and we’re coming up here as a steak and seafood restaurant. We brought the majority of our menu with us, we’ve added quite a few new dishes, we incorporated a few items from the Lighthouse menu that were very popular.”
Fortin previously owned Max410 at Van Schaick, at the Van Schaick Country Club in Cohoes, before moving his business to the new location in Glenville. He is also the owner of the restaurant Emma Jayne’s in Halfmoon, which is named after his daughter.
“It’s like moving into a bigger home in a more centralized location,” Fortin said. “Coming up here to a flagship restaurant in the Glenville Schenectady area on a busy road right down the street from the casino, there’s GE, Ellis Hospital, a lot more business around in the area, and I think we can get our name out in front of a lot more people.”
Fortin expects his most popular dish to be Seafood 410 (buttered lobster tail, sea scallops, jumbo shrimp, lobster cream, jasmine rice cake, and asparagus, finished with a lemon butter sauce). Tuesday night the business had a soft opening, and the New York Strip Steak with a gorgonzola crust was also a “big hit,” Fortin explained.
“We think we’re going to be one of the area’s premier steak and seafood restaurants,” Fortin said. “We take classic dishes and put our little twists on them. We offer a high quality product, fresh ingredients, and service done the right way.”
Fortin worked as a waiter and a bartender at the former Waters Edge Lighthouse for four years in the mid-2000s for the previous owners Karen and Pat Popolizio.
“It was kind of a homecoming of sorts,” Fortin said. “And, because we had that relationship, we were able to use both of each other’s social media pages to make the announcement. In doing so, we got a lot of feedback, before we even got our feet wet. There was a lot of ‘I hope the cioppino makes it,’ which had been on the menu here for a long time, as well as the seafood risotto. Those are two menu items that we did keep, and I think people are pretty happy.”
Max410 at the Waters Edge will also serve alcohol, and is expecting a final permit from the state Liquor Authority later this week.
“We have a full-service restaurant with a really nice big bar,” Fortin said. “A lot of people really wanted to know if the bartender, Greg, was staying, and he is. He’s been here since before I was here the first time. He’s kind of a staple in these parts, everyone will be glad to know that he’s still here.”
The majority of employees at the Waters Edge Lighthouse have stayed on to work there at Max410 at the Waters Edge, Fortin explained. A few employees from the Cohoes location have also come to work at the new restaurant.
Max410 at the Waters Edge is located at 2 Freemans Bridge Road in Glenville. It will be closed on Mondays, open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sundays noon to 8 p.m..
“Come on in and see what we’re about, you won’t be disappointed,” Fortin said.
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