Shakin' Bacon in Rensselaer is rising from the ashes

November 27, 2017 05:28 PM

RENSSELAER -- It's a work in progress, but the former Teagan's Restaurant in Rensselaer is in the middle of a transformation. It will soon be Shakin' Bacon, the second version, back and bigger than ever.

Owner Joseph Ventrice gave NewsChannel 13 a tour.

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The new restaurant will keep its popular breakfast sandwiches and lunch to go, so there's a separate section for takeout.

But now they're adding a sit-down restaurant, which is something Ventrice never dreamed of when his first popular Shakin' Bacon on Broadway was damaged by fire in June.

"I thought about it and I thought about not coming back, but the support from customers was too much for me to walk away from," said Ventrice.

Now he's moving into the old Teagan's right off the highway, near Amtrak, state offices, city hall, and construction sites. He's planning to start with breakfast and lunch, then add dinner and weekends. They're also building a patio for outdoor dining in the warmer weather.  

Ventrice says he sees a lot of development in the works in the city, and he wants to re-invest in Rensselaer.

"I love this area personally because it has so much potential. They still have projects we can do in the future up the street. This whole area looks like it's picking up," he said.

He'll finally have the space for his catering needs and he's going from a staff of two to 20.

"I was like, this would be the ultimate giveback to this area because it needs it and it's right here. To me, it's huge. It can connect Albany to us over here. And I just felt like I wanted to come back. I had to. I had no choice."

Ventrice says he is planning to re-open early next year.  


Kumi Tucker

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