we had a nice talk with him at yono's during the hurrican sandy benefit. i think he could make a go of it here.
Update: The restaurant will be in the space of the former 28 Tables, which closed in August. The address is 17 Maple Ave.
Original post: Javier Rodriguez, right, formerly of the acclaimed River Café in Brooklyn, who recently was named maitre d’ of the year at the New York City Concierge Choice Awards, is developing a Saratoga Springs restaurant. The chef will be Brian Bowden, who most recently was at Creo in Guilderland and, before that, The Ginger Man in Albany. Rodriguez describes the restaurant, to be called Javier’s, as a Nuevo Latino eatery with influences from its American chef.
A native of Costa Rica, Rodriguez worked for a dozen years at the River Café, which was badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy and will take several more months to be repaired. Rodriguez’s wife, Kathleen, and their children have lived in their Clifton Park house for the past several years, while Rodriguez stayed in a New York City apartment and came upstate on his days off.
A March 1 opening is projected for Javier’s. Rodriguez tells me he expects to finalize the lease on the space, which previously was home to a restaurant, in the coming days. He declined to identify the location until the lease is signed. The lease was finalized today.
Javier’s will be represented by Bowden at the grand tastings of the Wine & Dine for the Arts festival in Albany, being held Jan. 17 to 19 at the Hotel Albany.