GLENS FALLS | A local restaurant operator has leased space on the ground floor of the historic B.B. Fowler Building in downtown Glens Falls for a new venture to be called The 190 Grille & Cinema.
The venture will be a dinner and movie concept, similar to the former Aimie’s Dinner & Movie, which closed in August, but it will put more of an emphasis on dining, with seating for about 60 people in the theater lobby, seating in the bar, and outdoor seating in the summer.
“I’m looking for kind of an upscale casual (menu), kind of keeping in trend with what’s going on in Glens Falls right now. That is still in the early beginning stages of work,” said Heather O’Neill, operator of The Old Post Grille at the outlet center in Queensbury.
The O’Neill family will close The Old Post Grille at the end of December to focus on the new venture.
O’Neill said she expects to keep some customer favorites on the new menu, such as a lobster BLT sandwich and smoked gouda macaroni and cheese.
But she also will be coming up with new dishes.
“I’ve seen some amazing things at some food shows,” she said. “I’m really excited about building a brand new menu — a little departure from what I’ve been doing for the past 13 years.”
Movies will still be shown with restaurant-style seating, in at least one of the two theaters.
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The family is considering renovating the smaller of the two theaters for a pub atmosphere with live entertainment and an array of craft beers, O’Neill said.
Movie ticket prices have not yet been determined.
Tenee Casaccio, president of JMZ Architects and Planners, which bought the B.B. Fowler building at 160 Glen St. in September, said the O’Neil family is experienced in the restaurant business and involved in the community.
“In the past 12 years, they have raised over $180,000 for the Make A Wish Foundation,” Casaccio said. “They seem like the perfect partners for us and will complement the mix of businesses downtown.”
O’Neill said they hope to open in downtown by mid-December, if they can acquire a liquor license and complete renovation in time.
“Nothing major at all,” she said, referring to the renovation, “but paint makes something look fantastic.”
O’Neill said her family has been looking for a new venture for awhile, after David Kenny, owner of the outlet center, announced he intended to eventually demolish The Old Post Grille and hotel building to construct more outlet stores.
The O’Neill family will continue to operate “The Deli at French Mountain Commons,” a separate venture in Queensbury, and three food trucks.