Siro returns with a new chef, a revamp and an outdoor oyster bar

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Siro’s, the seasonal restaurant that has endured more than a decade of management shake-up, will reopen July 14 this year for a nearly eight-week season under a new chef and with revamped interiors and a refreshed courtyard with an oyster and clam bar offering a dedicated outdoor menu.

The chef is Elliott Vogel, who revitalized the kitchen at Jack’s Oyster House in Albany from fall 2020 until January this year, when he left due to different visions for a venerable restaurant. Vogel’s status as a newcomer to Siro’s will be offset by the return of veteran general manager Kevin Decker and butler Michael Stone, who will be in his 30th year with Siro’s.

The announcement was made Tuesday morning by Siro owners of three years, Peter and Jake Spitalny.

A statement from Siro’s said of the owners: “(They) feel like they’ve won the Daily Double with Chef Elliott and the transformation of the new dining rooms, redesign and update.”

The announcement says Vogel will bring his “experience, education and foresight to adapt Siro’s award-winning menu with his new culinary ideas.”

Siro’s first night of service will be on July 13 for Siro’s Cup private fundraiser. Regular service operates throughout the track season: July 14 to September 5, with outdoor catering from 4:30 p.m., indoor bar from 4:30 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. Like Saratoga Racetrack, Siro’s will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

Referring to the announcement of his new job last week, Vogel reflected on his time at Jack’s when he said he was looking forward to being part of a “big turnaround for another historic location”, this time in Saratoga. Prior to Jack’s, Vogel ran the kitchens of Savoy Taproom in Albany, MezzaNotte Ristorante in Guilderland and was the founding chef of Daley’s on Yates in Schenectady.

The Spitalnys, a father-son team, bought Siro’s in 2019, leasing it to another operator for their first two seasons. Two days after Siro opened last year, Siro closed for nearly a week because its new boss, who was working under a false name, was arrested on business-related warrants in five states.

During the pandemic summer of 2020, Siro’s attempted to operate as a membership club for a few weeks, but Saratoga officials shut it down in mid-August of that year when officials discovered that Scott Solomon, who rented it to the Spitalnys, had falsified documents. required for a restaurant permit. Solomon was arrested for four crimes in the spring of 2021 in connection with Siro’s forged documents.

Prior to their acquisition of Siro three years ago, the Spitalnys purchased and purchased and remodeled the Lake George Beach Club in Lake George in 2017. Peter Spitalny’s primary business is Stein Fibers of Colonie. They bought Siro’s in the summer of 2019 from an investment group led by Manhattan banker Keith Kantrowitz.

This group owned Siro’s for nine racing seasons; in 2015 and 2016 it was run under contract by the steakhouse Hunt & Fish Club in New York, but for the next two summers it was again under the command of veteran chef Tom Dillon, who owned it for about 25 years before the investment. purchase of the group in 2010.

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