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Schaghticoke woman set to open her 1st restaurant amid pandemic

Elaine Houston and WNYT Staff
Updated: August 14, 2020 11:33 AM
Created: August 14, 2020 11:31 AM

A Capital Region woman will soon be opening her first restaurant in her hometown of Schaghticoke.

NewsChannel 13’s Today’s Woman has been making people happy, by way of her cooking, since she was a teenager.

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Heather Valade’s food truck is called Curvy Girls, and it is a fitting name because what’s on the menu is bound to put a few pounds on you

On the menu is an item called the “Hangover.”

“You get your choice of ham, bacon, sausage, or all three. You can get a glazed or plain donut, and your choice of cheese,” Valade said.

Chef and owner Heather Valade started cooking in high school. She loved it, and went on to culinary school.

“In my last semester, Mohegan Sun was looking for interns. They were expanding their business. I managed to get a job over there, and they liked me so much that they asked me to say on board,” Valade explained.

When she decided to operate a food truck, she knew offerings like the “Carlo,” had to be different.

“Burger with pulled pork on it, that’s how we are doing that, “she said.

Along with feeding people, Valade said having a food tuck enables her to get around the Capital Region. It also allows her to attend events where she’s won awards for creativity. She’s also met many incredible people that way.

“It’s been awesome. I’ve met some really amazing people,” Valade said.

Valade said running a business isn’t something you do on a whim, but she isn’t a procrastinator either. When the opportunity came up to open a restaurant in her hometown, even during a pandemic, she took the leap.

“It’s going to help our little town with jobs and the economy. That is my purpose, is going out and cooking food for people to put a little smile on their face. I will happily do that,” she said.

Valade’s restaurant is called Broken Road BBQ and Bar, and it will be opening soon.  

To hear more about Valade's story, click on Elaine Houston's report. 


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