Saratoga Springs’ own Sammy the Bugler made the call to the post on Tuesday to announce the grand opening of Silks Saratoga Bistro at Albany International (ALB).
The full-service proprietary restaurant was developed by HMSHost Corp. specifically for ALB and is part of a 10-year food and beverage contract awarded to the company in 2008.
The restaurant, post-security in the main terminal, past the Times Square area, will feature a number of selections from Albany favorite Jack’s Oyster House, such as Jack’s Famous Caesar Salad, Jack’s Seafood Duo of broiled salmon and seared scallops, Jack’s Finest Cowboy Steak and Jack’s Lump Crabmeat Martini. The full bar features a selection of Old Saratoga Brewing Co. beer on tap.
“Travelers will find that HMSHost and the airport have embraced the heritage of the region with the addition of Silks Saratoga Bistro,” David E. Langdon, chairman of the Albany County Airport Authority. “Silks represents a superb dining experience and is an excellent start to our new partnership with HMSHost,”
A piece from the “Horses, Saratoga Style” exhibit is at the entrance to the restaurant; the colorful thoroughbred statue gives a sense of place for the horse races for which it is famous. A rail similar to the one that circles the Saratoga race Course is also at the entrance. Dé©cor includes large wall murals and framed replicas of silks worn by jockeys during Saratoga races, as well as flat-screen televisions showing live local horse races throughout the day.
“HMSHost is honored to bring the outstanding local flavor and tradition Silks Saratoga Bistro offers to Albany International Airport,” says Michael Jones, HMSHost vice president of business development.