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Glens Falls’ favourite sizzling canine are again on the menu

GLENS FALLS, NY (NEWS10) – For the final three years, one thing has been lacking from downtown Glens Falls. Should you have been to be requested the place to seize lunch within the time because the COVID-19 pandemic, your checklist of solutions would have been one too brief.

As of this week: No extra. At a small diner house on South Avenue, the new canine are scorching, the sauce is stirring, and the purchasers are coming in for 2 with the works and a big fry. New Approach Lunch is again.

“We have been regular. Enterprise hasn’t been loopy or something, however we have been doing a gentle opening, not a grand opening,” mentioned Allie Gazetos-Mineo, a part of the household behind the restaurant that has spent 103 years within the Glens Falls space. “We’re actually excited to be again.”

Allie was on the downtown location for a few days this week to assist get issues again into gear, after it formally reopened on Wednesday. Whereas New Approach Lunch’s different two places – in Queensbury and Warrensburg – have been capable of keep open, the downtown one shuttered because of an absence of returning employees. Different employees needed to be moved to the Queensbury location, which misplaced its personal share of employees and needed to be prioritized because of the increased visitors it sees on Route 9.

In its first week again, the Glens Falls location has obtained round a dozen job functions. On Thursday, a stable half-dozen staff buzzed about, grilling, taking orders, and holding the small diner working. A kind of staff was Allie’s brother, Nick Gazetos, fortunately grilling and dressing sizzling canine at lightning pace. For Nick, reopening the downtown spot was a homecoming.

“I’ve labored in any respect of our shops, however this has been the principle one when it is open,” he mentioned, swiftly making use of mustard and signature sizzling canine sauce to a pair of canine to go. “It feels actually good to be again open, and again on the road that we have been on for 100 years.”

The reopening hasn’t been totally based mostly on staffing – it is also about giving the small constructing a facelift. On the surface, it has a brand new coat of paint, in addition to outside alleyway seating subsequent to the massive nook constructing that connects South Avenue to Glen Avenue. There’s new cupboard space out again, to facilitate the provides for extra visitors.

Inside, framed photographs grasp on the wall exhibiting the household enterprise’ authentic location, situated additional down South Avenue. These frames now grasp on repainted partitions, including a barely bluish tint. The cubicles have new seat cushions, in addition to refinished wooden. The bogs have been renovated to reflect the bright-red ones that veteran prospects could keep in mind from the unique location.

The renovated storefront of New Approach Lunch on South Avenue in Glens Falls, NY

Like with so many tasks, personal and city-wide alike, the final word enemy is the dreaded provide chain subject. These issues delayed the renovations previous the household’s authentic goal of a September or October reopening. Their meals provides aren’t unimpacted, both. In time, the household hopes to redo the Queensbury and Warrensburg New Approach places to reflect the South Avenue retailer’s facelift.

New Approach Lunch could also be returning to a house long-held, however it’s reopening on a South Avenue made new by current exercise. Throughout the road, new consignment store Style Follies is providing nostalgia for the outfit. Down the road, Glens Falls Bagels continues its first few months of enterprise, throughout from the longer term house of the Glens Falls Farmer’s Market. It might be the identical house, however it’s altering – and the Gazetos household is thrilled to see it.

“South Avenue has utterly modified in our lifetimes, to make certain,” Allie mentioned. “We’re excited to be a part of it, and excited to be again. It is form of like the top of the pandemic for our household.”

New Approach Lunch has been increasing past the counter. The household’s well-known sizzling canine sauce could be discovered jarred in supermarkets, and extra just lately for order on-line, alongside a recently-updated assortment of merchandise. New Approach Lunch is open in Glens Falls from 10 am to six pm, with hours to increase as staffing solidifies.

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