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Tax problems shut Albany restaurant

ALBANY – A well-known Albany restaurant is currently shut down due to tax problems.

A spokesman from the State Tax Department says Carmine’s is $19,000 behind on their taxes.

There's a sign on the door telling would-be customers that the restaurant on Sheridan Avenue has been seized.

The tax department says if the business works with them or sets up a payment plan, they'll give the owner back the keys to the business.

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Albany Chefs' Food & Wine Festival gets underway

The arts take center stage in Albany this weekend.

The Fifth annual Albany Chefs' Food and Wine Festival got underway at City Hall on Friday. It moves to the Hilton Albany on Friday and Saturday.

Most of the events are sold out, but at last check there were still tickets available for Friday night.

Proceeds from this year's event go to Park Playhouse, Capital Rep, Albany Barn, Albany Symphony Orchestra, and The Albany Institute of History And Art.

Styrofoam ban becomes law in Albany County

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy outlines a new environmental plan for the county before signing the Styrofoam ban bill into law. - Abigail Bleck / WNYT

ALBANY - Beginning July 1, many businesses in Albany County will not be able to send you home with take-out containers or hot drink cups made of Styrofoam.

After much debate, the Albany County legislature did pass the bill, but there was discussion that County Executive Dan McCoy would veto it.

That did not happen and McCoy signed the bill into law Thursday morning.

It prevents chains restaurants -- any business with more than 15 locations around the country -- from using Styrofoam take-out and drink containers.

There will be fines for establishments that don’t comply and Albany County will rely on inspectors and citizen complaints to keep the businesses in check.

The bill becomes law Jan. 1, but stores and restaurants have six months to phase in these mandatory changes.

"We made a county-wide policy that will make sure we are going to do everything in our power to reduce, reuse and recycle," McCoy said.

Albany street being 'renamed' for landmark eatery

Jack's Oyster House on State Street has been in business for 100 years. - File

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A street in downtown Albany is being "renamed" to honor a local restaurant that's marking its 100th year in business.

Mayor Jerry Jennings is holding a ceremony late Thursday morning near Jack's Oyster House on State Street to symbolically rename the street "Jack's Oyster House Way" in recognition of the landmark restaurant's contributions to downtown Albany over the past century.

Jack Rosenstein opened Jack's Oyster House in January 1913. Twenty-four years later, he moved the business a few blocks to a new location at the foot of State Street, just down the hill from the state Capitol.

Restaurant week comes to the Capital Region

GUILDERLAND — Restaurants are getting ready for this summer’s “Restaurant Week” July 21 through July 27 bringing together thousands of diners coordinated by the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce.

There will be 12 different restaurants and The Different Drummers Kitchen participating.

The Cider House Restaurant at Orchard Creek Golf Course in Altamont and Siver Hills restaurant at Pinehaven Country Club are participating this summer.

Different Drummers Kitchen, a cook’s supply store with a cooking class kitchen, will offer a mini-demo of the 3 courses he is serving with a local chef.

A virtual trip around the world with Athos Greek restaurant, Mezza Notte Ristorante, Barcelona, Sage Bistro, Mio Vino Wine Bar and Bistro, Peaches Café, Provence, Tesoro Italian restaurant, The Rustic Gourmet in Delmar, and J & A Prep Kitchen at Crossgates are ready for a busy week.

Jack's in Albany marks centennial

ALBANY - An Albany restaurant is celebrating a milestone. Jack's Oyster House is 100 years old.

A 40-foot-long banner was unveiled Wednesday morning across State Street to mark the occasion.

The banner kicks off a year-long celebration centered on the restaurant's centennial.

Highlights of the upcoming events will be announced in the coming weeks.