Big news for little burgers: The operators of the popular food truck and restaurant Slidin’ Dirty are planning to open their second restaurant, this one in downtown Schenectady.
Tim and Brooke Taney will start serving their gourmet sliders in Schenectady this autumn when renovations are complete at 512 State St.
They already run a restaurant in Troy, and their truck has been roving the region for four years now.
Tim Taney on Tuesday said they operated their truck for a bit more than two years before opening the Troy restaurant and will have operated the Troy restaurant for nearly two years by the time the Schenectady restaurant opens. The gradual time line seems to be just right for them, he said, allowing time to get one venture running right before expanding into something new.
“Now we’re ready to do it again,” he said. “We’ve been looking at Schenectady for a while.
“It’s a great location, a great city. We’re really thrilled we were able to get that space in that town at this time.”
The space is part of a four-building block called the Foster Complex — 508, 510 and 512 State St., plus 204 Lafayette St. — that is the subject of a major overhaul. Some $2.6 million worth of rehabilitation work on the Foster Building itself, at 508 State St., is complete and the building is fully occupied, said Jeffrey Buell of Sequence Development. Phase two of the project, at the three other buildings, is expected to run $3.9 million and will begin with the first-floor space Slidin’ Dirty will occupy.
Taney said the menu in Schenectady will be the same as in Troy, an assortment of foods headlined by an array of sliders — small burgers and sandwiches featuring anything from ground beef to pulled pork to crab cake to vegetarian black bean.
It will also have 10 craft beers on tap, just like the Troy restaurant, though probably not exactly the same 10, because kegs run out at different rates and small breweries may have a limited supply of a particular beer. New York brewers will be well-represented.
After a successful run with their food truck — including reaching the final 10 of a national cook-off on “Live With Kelly and Michael” in 2013 — the Taneys in 2014 opened their restaurant on First Street in Troy, also in space owned by Sequence Development. They took a liking to Buell.
“It feels a lot more like a collaborative relationship than a tenant-landlord relationship,” Taney said.
He added that he likes the way Sequence is handling redevelopment.
“Jeff has always put the best interest of the space in front of money. It’s not about him making money on the tenant, it’s about making the space the best it can be,” Taney said.
Buell said this is part of the plan, improve the area while improving the building.
“We talk a lot in-house about the buildings that we’re redoing,” he said.
Buell said with the Foster Complex, his goal was to bring the downtown revitalization into an area it had not yet reached.
The Foster Building has the Capoccia Wine Lounge on the ground floor and 10 apartments, which are all occupied, upstairs. The other three buildings in the Foster Complex will include office and retail space, Slidin’ Dirty, and 19 to 24 apartments.
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