Don’t go bacon my heart – it’s really time to make your Restaurant Week reservations. How do you become the fun-gi of your group? Get your friends (or your butter half) together , check out the menus, and call today because before too long, this delicious event will be pasta la vista, baby – Restaurant Week runs April 13-19. Don’t forget to use #dinedowntown in your social posts while you’re out for Restaurant Week for your chance to win gift cards to drool-worthy restaurants.
Are you looking for (another) gouda reason to enjoy a grilled cheese? April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Day and to celebrate, Capitol Melts will donate $1 for every grilled cheese they serve that day to Double H Ranch – and they’ll be matching customer donations made at the register. Companies interested in joining in and pledging $1 for every melt served can contact the eatery at capitolmelts[at]gmail.com. Capitol Meltsis open 11:00 AM-2:00 PM weekdays.
KEEP CALM AND COMIC CON
No need to run like you’re late for Platform 9 3/4 – tickets are still available for this weekend’s Empire State Comic Con. Running April 12-14 at the Albany Capital Center, get ready for photo ops with the Clerks reunion, Jimmy Workman, Booker T, a replica Flintstones car, Stay-Puff, Slimer – plus comic book artists, geek speed dating, create your own hand puppet – and so, so much more. Yeah, this weekend just leveled up. Tickets $5-$30 ($109.99 VIP Pass also available). Read more.
“Lady you must be psychic.” No, we aren’t – but we have a feeling you’ll love The Three Stooges Film Festival coming up at the Palace Theatre on April 22 at 7:00 PM. Enjoy the best of Moe, Larry, Curly (and sometimes Shep) on the big screen for an evening of hilarious antics and slapstick you won’t want to miss! Tickets $5. Read more.
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
Are you ready for some football!?! The Albany Empire returns to the Times Union Center on April 27 at 7:30 PM for their first game of the season. Single ($15-$35) and season tickets (starting at $96) are now available. A new season isn’t the only thing to get excited about – the 2018 AFL Wide Received of the Year will beback on the team this year. Read more.
DOES YOUR HEART GO ON?
No need to drive all night to see Celine Dion! She will bring her first US tour in over 10 years to the Times Union Center on December 7, and tickets go on sale April 12 at 10:00 AM ($49.50-$229.50). To snag yours, head to the Times Union Center box office, visit www.ticketmaster.com, or call 1-800-745-300.
SPRUCING UP DOWNTOWN
Clean up, clean up, everybody everywhere! Clean up, clean up, everybody do your share! The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District will hold a South End Earth Day Cleanup on April 27 10:00 AM-1:00 PM. We’ll meet at the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region and head out from there – and we’d love to have you join us! For more information, contact Don Wilson at dwil[email protected]
In each edition of Links, we’ll be putting the spotlight on one Downtown business and one of their Instagram posts. Today, we bring you this gem from Patsy’s Barber Shop, which was captioned “When you meet your future boss!” Opened in 1930 and located at 3 Howard Street, the classic barber shop is full of modern amenities, and even their own line of products. Learn more – and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.
YOUR VIEW OF DOWNTOWN
Do you have a great photo of Downtown you love? Great, because we’d love to share it! For a chance to be highlighted on our social media channels, tag us in yourInstagram, Twitter, and Facebookposts or use #downtownalbany. This edition’s “Your View of Downtown” comes from Tony Colasurdo. He shared this image last week after some Spring rain.
SAVE THESE DATES!
More information will be available as we get closer to each event, so make sure you’re saving the following dates on your calendars now!
U.S. Awards CDTA $26.9M for New Bus Rapid Transit Line
Times Union: The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a Capital Investment Grant of $26.9 million on Tuesday afternoon. The BRT corridor is the second of three planned by the CDTA. Its corridor connecting downtown Albany and Schenectady began operating eight years ago along Route 5 and is identified variously as Bus Plus and the Red line. Keep reading.
Easter at Jack’s Oyster House
For Easter on Sunday, April 21, Jack’s Oyster House will be serving a brunch buffet from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM and a limited dinner menu from 3:00 PM-10:00 PM. Located at 42 State Street, Jack’s can be reached at 518.465.8854.
Olde English Pub Hiring Bartenders
The little house with beer in it is hiring bartenders for their busiest times. If you or someone you know would be a good fit, email the Olde English Pub at [email protected] with your resume and why you want to work with them.
‘Shakespeare in Love’ at Capital Rep
WNYT: Many people are already familiar with “Shakespeare in Love” from the 1998 Oscar-winning movie. It’s been transformed into a stage play, just as Shakespeare did with stories in his day. One of the actresses, NewsChannel 13’s Benita Zahn, stopped by to tell us more about it. The show runs until May 12 at Capital Rep. Watch video.
Chef Purnomo Visits South America for Culinary Outreach Program
Times Union: Albany chefs Ric Orlando of New World Bistro Bar and Yono Purnomo of Yono’s are in South America for two weeks for a culinary outreach program sponsored by Wonderful Indonesia, the tourism ministry for Purnomo’s home country. Purnomo makes such trips one or two times a year on behalf of Wonderful Indonesia, cooking dinners in cities around the world to generate tourist and business interest in Indonesia. The diners for this trip are in Lima, Peru, and Buenos Aries. Keep reading.
Henry Johnson Award Nominess Sought
For the The City of Albany is looking for the next recipient of the Henry Johnson Award for Distinguished Community Service. The award is given to an Albany resident who has made meaningful contributions to our community and has displayed commendable community leadership or support in arts and history, social justice, education, or community organizing. Nominations are due April 26. Keep reading.