Capitol Melts Grilled Cheese Cafe Takes Space at 136 State Street on Wellington Row

June 30, 2015

Capitol Grilled Cheese Cafe

Photo credit: Downtown Albany Business Improvement District The ribbon cutting and grand opening for Capitol Melts Grilled Cheese Café was held June 30, 2015. From the left: Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan, City of Albany Treasurer Darius Shahinfar, Hannah Haggerty, Terri Crowley, Capitol Melts owner Robert Haggerty, Downtown Albany BID Executive Director Georgette Steffens, and Columbia Development Partner and Vice President Rich Rosen.

Historic Wellington Row’s newest tenant Capitol Melts Grilled Cheese Cafe, the first grilled cheese focused cafe in the City held a ribbon cutting ceremony and formally opened at 136 State Street in downtown Albany on Tuesday after a soft opening earlier this month. As part of Columbia Development’s redevelopment of Albany’s historic Wellington Row, the space was transformed and Capitol Melts’ owner Robert Haggerty moved the cafe from Aviation Mall in Queensbury to downtown Albany and changed its original name to Capitol Melts. Working several years on the project, Capitalize Albany was able to assist in attaining $2.5 million in grant funding through Empire State Development’s Restore New York program in addition to tax abatements and other financial resources Wellington Row redevelopment qualified for.

Capitol Melts is next door to AEON Nexus at Wellington Row’s 138 State Street, an IT consulting firm that moved to downtown Albany last month. Capitol Melts serves both breakfast and lunch melts in a variety of flavors, including tuscan, BBQ chicken, wingless Buffalo, ham and cheese and others. See its menu here.