West Mountain has completed some major renovations, Common Roots Brewing Company aims to reopen this spring, and a talented local chef announces plans to open a new restaurant. Read on to learn all the details!
Plan a Ski Trip to Check Out West Mountain’s Renovations
West Mountain has completed the final part of their 7-year-long, $17 million renovation project. In addition to improvements throughout the mountain, visitors will be able to take advantage of new features on the previously lesser-used Northwest side.
The Northwest side of West Mountain boasts some of the best terrain the ski resort has to offer. A new, faster chair lifts will take skiers to the summit in only 8 minutes, and the new Northwest Lodge will offer a bar, restrooms, and ticket sales. A full kitchen is also currently under construction at this secondary lodge.
With these improvements, the Northwest side has been transformed into a complete experience in its own right, and might allow West Mountain to extend its ski season by continuing operations on a smaller scale as the season winds down.
Other improvements made to West Mountain as part of the renovation project include high-efficiency lighting, permanent snowmaking machines, and a cafe located near the entrance that will be serving up healthy options for guests.
Return to Common Roots This Spring to Celebrate Their Recovery
Last March, Common Roots Brewing Company in South Glens Falls was just starting renovations when much of the establishment was destroyed in a fire. After a year of rebuilding and thanks to generous support from the community, this family-owned craft brewery should be back up and running by the spring.
Since the fire, Common Roots has kept all of their staff employed and has been producing a small amount of craft beer at a temporary location. A few other breweries have also pitched in by producing some of Common Root’s beer for them.
In repayment to the community’s support, Common Roots will be starting a foundation in early 2020 to pass along that kindness to others in need. The funds will be raised from a portion of the sales from a special new beer.
Common Roots expects to test their new equipment at end of February and potentially open to the public in April. The new and improved brewery will be three times larger than the old one and feature a combination of industrial and rustic vibes, as well as a beer garden.
Make Plans to Check Out a New Restaurant in Early 2020
Get ready to try Radici Kitchen & Bar, a new restaurant coming to Downtown Glens Falls in early 2020.
Executive chef Brian Bowden, who previously worked for many popular restaurants in Capital Region, such as Fish at 30 Lake, Sperry’s, and 15 Church, will be co-proprietor, alongside his life partner Carly Mankouski. They’re also working with Mike Graney of Graney’s Bar & Grill in Albany.
The new Downtown dining option will serve up traditional Italian fare made with modern ingredients and techniques. It will occupy the venue previously held by Bistro Tallulah on Ridge Street and feature a chef’s counter, open kitchen, and seating for about 50 guests.
The Post Star: West Mountain finishes seven-year project
The Daily Gazette: New Common Roots brewery rises from ashes of March fire
Times Union: Chef Brian Bowden opening Glens Falls restaurant