An Albany Italian deli company will be taking over the town-owned building on Route 9 that had previously been leased to another deli, Just Meats.
Pellegrino Importing Co. plans to open in the building at 2578 Route 9 in late May under a lease agreement approved earlier this month by the Town Board. The company will be entering a lease for up to 10 years with the town, starting at $2,200 per month.
The company sells hot and cold subs, takeout dinners, and Italian and Greek specialty products. This will be the third location for Pellegrino, which was started in Albany 45 years ago and has another store in East Greenbush.
“I feel it’s a growing area, and there’s a lot of call for it. There’s nothing like us up there,” said Pellegrino Importing owner Benny Anastasio.
The property next to the Malta Community Center had been leased since 2008 by Just Meats, which will be moving to a new location on Route 29 outside Schuylerville.
Town Supervisor Paul Sausville said the lease was put out to bid at the end of Just Meat’s lease, and Just Meats did not submit a new bid.
The building was once home to the Memory Lane ice cream and sandwich stand, but the town purchased it in 2006. It was thought the property might be needed for either a community center expansion or additional parking. The town rented to Just Meats after the building turned out not to be needed for the expansion project, but may still need the property at some point.
“I think it’s out beyond the five-year horizon before we could consider doing anything with that property,” Sausville said.
Pellegrino is just the latest eatery to eye the town, which continues to grow thanks to the arrival of high-tech industries.
Earlier last week, it was reported that Bayou Cafe of Glenville will open a new location on Route 9 in June — and that followed the opening last fall of a Recovery Sports Grill in the downtown. The Subway at Shops of Malta also moved into a larger space.
Sausville said the number of new restaurants coming to town is an indication of an improved economy, as well as the impact of the GlobalFoundries computer chip plant and its associated jobs.
“We’re getting a number of fine choices in town,” he said.
Just across the Ballston town line, a train-themed restaurant called The Fast Trax Food Co. has opened at 885 Route 67, in front of Curtis Lumber. The building was formerly occupied by Christa’s Breakfast and Lunch.
Fast Trax serves breakfast and lunch, with a menu including sliders, wraps, salads, quesadillas, gourmet macaroni and cheese, and fresh bakery items.
The train theme is loosely based on the old story of “The Little Engine That Could.”