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.
Oboy did we have a good morning at the @OboyOriginal commercial bakery in Ballston Spa. Oboys or doughboys originated at @EsperantoTweets in 1995. Now they’ll be sold at select @StewartsShops and a few other places. Details on @WNYT Live at Noon. pic.twitter.com/t6gOujF137— Emily Burkhard (@EBurkhardWNYT) October 23, 2019
.@SaratogaEconDev President @m_vanags talks live with @EBurkhardWNYT on @WNYT to mark the opening of @EsperantoTweets commercial bakery in Ballston Spa. Local business success = new jobs + private investment. #economicdevelopment pic.twitter.com/ySfcrtsbNb— The Janack Group (@janackgroup) October 23, 2019
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