Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Ex-Marotta's set to reopen as Rare Craft Steak & Cocktail House

Last December, I wrote that Marotta's Bar-Risto in Schenectady had been sold and would reopen as a steakhouse "sometime this spring." Now we have the date.

Josh Mackenberg, former managere of Marotta's, and business partner Joseph Boudreau have announced the reopening of the 611 Union Street venue on Wednesday, April 26, as Rare Craft Steak & Cocktail House.

Today, they began offering a sneak peek at the new menu (the Marotta's menu will continue to be served until the changeover): lemon chicken (lightly breaded chicken cutlets, pan seared and simmered in a lemon/roasted garlic /white wine sauce with capers and artichokes, served  over Parmesan risotto with chef's vegetable; steak fresca pizza (pesto sauce, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and grilled strip steak, finished with goat cheese, basil, and white balsamic drizzle).

Their Facebook message says, "We know that some of you have ... concerns? ... about the new
restaurant and the direction of the menu. So, we thought it would be a good idea to introduce things gently. If you're a Marotta's hall of famer you might recognize a mashup of two of our classics in the lemon chicken."

For those who don't want to wait until April 26, "E-mail us at eat@rarerestaurant for an invite to our VIP soft opening the day before. Must e-mail or call to get on that guest list." The phone number is (518) 377-5100.

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