Downtown Albany Family-Run Authentic Greek Kitchen Opens For Business

March 14, 2018


A new regional chainlet has emerged. “The Greek House,” located on 3rd Street in Troy, has expanded operations — bringing the family-run kitchen concept serving simple and authentic Greek dishes such as kebabs & gyros to downtown Albany. The Taverna, supported in part by the Downtown Albany Retail Grant Program, was officially welcomed to 38 South Pearl Street on Wednesday. Mayor Kathy Sheehan was joined by Capitalize Albany Corporation and the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) for an official ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome The Taverna and this concept’s second location in the Region. 

Located directly across from the Times Union Center at the recently renovated 40-48 South Pearl Street, The Taverna serves up authentic Greek food in a bright, casual environment. The menu features Mediterranean dishes ranging from burgers and gyros (including a vegan gyro) to spanakopita and moussaka.

In early 2016, the City of Albany’s Capital Resource Corporation utilized resources set aside for strategic initiatives to fund the creation of two Capitalize Albany Corporation grant programs. Capitalize Albany launched its Downtown Albany Retail Grant Program aimed at downtown business attraction and retention. The grant awarded assisted this small business with build-out of the space, making the space practical for its operations.Fulfilling an important implementation goal of the Impact Downtown Albany strategic plan, attracting or supporting a new regional chainlet was identified as a priority by the Plan’s stakeholders, consultants and market research analysts.