Rome NY Air City Lofts Project Shares Crust Restaurant Details
Construction is underway for Crust, a new restaurant in Rome which is the first company announced for the Air City Lofts project.
Realtors have announced that a restaurant will be the first loft business in October, but details were recently announced.
Air City Lofts is the first apartment complex under construction in Griffiss Business and Technology Park.
Construction of the future 84-unit apartment complex began in 2019 on the site of the old building 240. The first phase included two mixed-use four-storey buildings with housing and commercial premises on the ground floor .
Bonacio Construction of Saratoga Springs, the developer of the property, has a structured development option for up to three future phases on the site. The company purchased the 4.3-acre parcel on National Road 825 from Griffiss Local Development Corporation.
Bonacio could not be reached for comment on the building’s progress.
The apartments completed in phase 1 were opened for rental in November 2020 and construction of units in phase 2 has started – 72 more units are expected to be occupied this fall – in fall 2020, said the mayor of Rome Jacqueline M. Izzo.
Build a restaurant
Crust Kitchen & Bar is the brainchild of Chris Destito and Frank Belmont, friends who have decades of restaurant experience between them.
The Destito family have owned The Savoy restaurant in Rome since 1908, and Belmont has over two decades of experience running almost every aspect of a restaurant.
“It’s the culmination of ventilation sessions, learning what to do the hard way and bourbon, lots of bourbon,” Destito said of the birth of Crust.
Crust – which won’t serve pizza despite its name – will offer its own take on soups, salads and sandwiches, Destito said.
The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner early and will offer take-out and a small dining area. There are plans for patio seating once the weather is warmer. A small deli-type option is also in the works.
Crust will also have a bourbon bar that will also serve other drinks.
The mixed-use nature and its location in the old base is what attracted the two friends to the site.
“The real draw to this place is the area itself,” Belmont said. “There’s a lot going on there.”
Crust is currently under construction, and Destito and Belmont said it will take a few months before it officially opens.
The development of Air City Lofts grew from feedback received after the city and Mohawk Valley EDGE facilitated numerous panel discussions with commercial tenants in the park, Izzo said.
A key element of the discussions was the need for residential housing in the area to enable those who work in the park to live closer to their jobs, Izzo added.
Some have already started to take advantage of this possibility, as Izzo said the lofts hosted his first serviceman from the Rome Air Force research lab, better known as the Rome Lab, a few years ago. weeks.
“Residents are excited about their new living spaces, and we expect strong future growth both residential and commercial as the project develops,” said Izzo.
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