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New and Now: What’s Going on in the Capital Region

Shake Shack on the Thruway? PBS filming in Saratoga? All will be revealed in our latest local news roundup.

Highway to Hunger
So you’re over the iffy gas station sushi and Roy Rogers burgers you’ve been taking down for decades on the New York Thruway? Thanks to a $300 million renovation project on 27 of the roadway’s rest stops, baller mealtime options like Shake Shack and Popeyes will take the place of the tired tried-and-trues. Though the restaurant’s locations throughout the state are yet to be determined, we’d like to put in the first vote for Shake Shacks at the Guilderland Travel Plaza, New Baltimore Service Area and Pattersonville Travel Plaza. Because we deserve it!

Uncommon Abounds
Popular Capital Region coffee-and-bagel chain Uncommon Grounds will be getting a little more common when it opens its fourth location in Stuyvesant Plaza later this year. “Uncommon Grounds will be a wonderful addition to the diverse array of stores and restaurants at Stuyvesant Plaza,” said Janet Kaplan, Stuyvesant Plaza’s vice president of real estate. Translation: There’s nothing better than caffeine and carbs.

House Beautiful
The long-running PBS show This Old House has been filming an episode in Saratoga Springs, helping to rehab a sixth-generation Dutch Colonial home that was built in 1864. One of the show’s stars, plumber Richard Trethewey, was spotted in period underoos at the Roosevelt Baths & Spa as he filmed scenes for the upcoming episode, which is said to be shooting through February 2022.

Setting a President
Hail to the Chief! On September 9, Josh Rawitch, most recently a content and communications executive at the National League’s Arizona Diamondbacks, will begin his job as just the eighth president in 82 years at the storied National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown. He was chosen by a search committee that included big hitters such as current Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr.         

Will Levith
Will Levith is the editorial director of Capital Region Living and Saratoga Living.

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