Saratoga Springs restaurant expands operations to produce more of popular staple

Emily Burkhard & WNYT Staff
Created: October 23, 2019 02:13 PM

Saratoga Springs restaurant Esperanto is expanding operations to produce larger quantities of their bestselling item, the Oboy.

It's chicken and cheese with some spices enrobed in pizza dough. It's been a Capital Region favorite for decades and that's why Esperanto is now starting a commercial kitchen so they can serve even a greater population.


It all started back in 1995, just weeks after Esperanto opened on Caroline Street in downtown Saratoga Springs. A partner had a mixture of spiced chicken, cheese and scallions he wanted to use in a new recipe.

The Doughboys, as they were originally called, became so popular, staff at Esperanto had trouble keeping up.

The idea for a commercial bakery came after Stewart's Shops showed interest in selling Oboys at select locations.

With help from the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership and a Workforce Development Institute grant, Esperanto is opening a 2,700 facility, creating 40 jobs and enabling them to make at least several thousand Oboys a day.

Learn more about the history of the Oboy by watching the video of Emily Burkhard's story.

MORE INFORMATION: Esperanto Saratoga | Oboy Baking

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