The restaurant and craft beverage scene in Saratoga Springs is ever changing, whether it’s a new, locally-owned business opening its doors or a well-known restaurant shutting down. We’ve highlighted some of the latest changes and updates in our food & drink roundup.
A Caroline Street Hotspot Closes Its Doors
For over 20 years, One Caroline at 1 Caroline Street in downtown Saratoga Springs was a hotspot for both dining and entertainment. In addition to being a restaurant and bar, the venue was renowned for featuring local musicians who played original music.
Unfortunately, the owner of One Caroline, Brian Kelley, made the tough decision to shut down the restaurant at the end of February 2018. Due to a new child entering his family, Kelley felt he wouldn’t have been able to manage the business effectively.
While many of us will miss One Caroline, Kelley is interested in selling the space to someone who would continue to offer great food, drinks, and local music to customers.
Try Something New at This Brewery-Winery Tasting Room
Tony and Debreen Oliva, founders of the local Oliva Vineyards, are beginning a new venture at 250 Excelsior Avenue in Saratoga Springs called Racing City Brewing Company, a brewery that will specialize in classic and traditional beers.
Once they officially open for business, the tasting room will serve handcrafted brews, Oliva Vineyards wines, light fare, and more. The owners’ plan for the site is to feature high top tables with checkers and backgammon boards, a bar with televisions, and live music from area musicians.
The scheduled opening date is March 16, 2018, and by summer, they expect to be open seven days a week.
Visit a European-Style Coffee Shop in Saratoga Springs
Have you ever visited Europe or Germany and fell in love with their coffee shops? Well now you can have a similar experience right in Saratoga Springs at the all new KaffeeHouse, owned and operated by a local family that hails from Germany.
Located on the first floor of 120 West Avenue, the KaffeHouse is at the site of the former Fortunate Cup. The coffee shop serves a variety of American and European dishes, a unique coffee list, and plenty of homemade desserts.
Hop Aboard the Brew Bus
If you’re a fan of craft beverages, then take a trip with the Spa City Brew Bus! Owned and operated by veteran and Ballston Spa resident Mike Hojnicki, this tour bus provides scheduled and private tours to breweries, wineries, and distilleries within a 100-mile radius of Saratoga Springs.
The 24-seat bus is equipped with LED mood lighting, television, Wi-Fi, stereo and karaoke, and more. Each tour is led by a Brew Bus driver and a knowledgeable guide who introduces and describes each location.
Open for business since October 2017, owner Mike Hojnicki plans to extend their operating hours from weekends to seven days a week around summertime.
- The Daily Gazette – Popular Saratoga Springs music venue, restaurant to close Monday
- The Daily Gazette – Veteran gets Brew Bus rolling to let customers check N.Y.’s craft beverage scene
- Saratogian – Guten Tag: Family from Germany opens KaffeeHouse in the Spa City
- Saratogian – Tasting room to open in Saratoga Springs