TROY – There are concerns in the business community that the promised relocation of hundreds of state government jobs from the city to Albany will harm small businesses, but the people behind two wine bar projects aren’t letting that scare them off.
Maria Ortega, chef/co-owner at the Illium Café, is leasing adjacent space to open a wine bar now that she has received a state wine-and-beer license. The Illium (left arrow), located at Broadway and Second Street, faces Monument Square.
Opposite that location, at 12 Second Street (right arrow) next to Clement Frame & Art, the city’s economic development coordinator, Vic Christopher, is planning to develop another wine bar.
How that will play out will have to be seen. However, given the fact that a series of pubs/restaurants on River Street near the Green Island Bridge is doing well as a group that regularly draws a crowd, this may work as well.
In some communities, restaurants and bars try to avoid nearby competition, but in most places that tend to group them, all the ventures fare better because the neighberhood itself becomes a destination. If one venue is full, another can catch the overflow.
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