Restaurant takes some hits, 4 of them

September 04, 2018 06:42 PM

SCHENECTADY - Even though Slick's Restaurant is usually full of customers and thriving in downtown Schenectady, the business has also taken some hits lately.

It's nothing you'd see on the company's balance sheets, but it is visible on the outside of the restaurant, where the building's facade has been ripped apart.

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"It if wasn't for bad luck, we wouldn't have any luck at all," said Mike Naumoff, who with his wife Barbara has run Slick's for 44 years.

As luck would have it, trucks keep hitting Slick's, which is at the corner of Liberty and South Ferry Street in Schenectady.

The latest incident that tore part of the restaurant's facade apart is the handiwork of someone who rented a large moving van, according to Naumoff.

"This is the fourth time it's happened in the last two or three years," Naumoff pointed out.

Naumoff says he has a logical explanation for why it keeps happening to his business, pointing out there's been a great deal of road construction recently on Erie Boulevard and other nearby streets, and truck traffic has been getting detoured.

"What happens with these big trucks," he said, "is they have GPSs made for trucks and using car GPSs, so in these tight city corners, they can't make it and they cut too close over the corner and wind up hitting the building."

The last driver who hit the building was behind the wheel of a rental van and didn't have insurance. That meant the Naumoff's had to eat the cost of their own policy's $1,000 deductible.

Even though it's annoying and inconvenient, Naumoff still has a smile on is face and a great attitude to go with it.

"If that's the worst thing that happens to us all day, we'll be in good shape," he stated.

Slick's might be in better shape if there were cement barriers on the sidewalk or posted signs that prohibited big rigs on narrow city streets. Barbara Naumoff says she'd love to discuss those, or any possible remedies with the mayor, sooner rather than later.


Dan Levy

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