26 Ridge St.

The building at 26 Ridge St., Glens Falls, site of the former Bistro Tallulah restaurant, has been purchased. The owner plans to open a new restaurant at the location in November.

GLENS FALLS — A son’s passion and a businessman’s desired location are combining to return a fine dining establishment to 26 Ridge St., site of the former Bistro Tallulah.

Charles “Chuck” Mineo, who co-owns Warrensburg Laundry & Dry Cleaning Inc. with his brother, Dave, has bought the downtown eatery with plans of modestly remodeling the interior of the upscale restaurant and having his son, Frank, run it.

“I’ve been looking for a property there for quite some time, actually,” Charles Mineo said. “When this came up, it was ideal for what we wanted to do.”

The building was purchased by Mineo’s Gracieland LLC for $495,000 on Aug. 16 from Shawn Whalen.

Mineo, who said the restaurant is in its infancy, did not announce a name for the new business. He said the current objective is to work with the state Department of Health and Liquor Authority.

Opening day is projected to be in November.

“I hope we can be as successful and have the type of food that he has had,” Mineo said of Whalen.

The Whalen-run restaurant had its liquor license lapse in November and closed its doors in January.

The Mineo brothers have owned the Warrensburg laundromat for 43 years. For most of that time, Charles Mineo lived in Queensbury, but he moved to Fort Ann when he purchased a farm, where he has horses.

He travels to Glens Falls often and said he believes it’s a destination for eateries.

His son Frank, who will run the business, began his culinary interests at the age of 14 when he started working at a steakhouse as a bus boy. Through the years, he learned the industry and hospitality as he grew to the role of assistant director of operations for Crothall Healthcare at Glens Falls Hospital.

“I think he is more than capable of handling it,” Charles Mineo said of Frank running the business. “He’s very, very excited about this new venture. I am excited to be able to see him follow his passion. I am happy he is able to fulfill that.”

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