Angelo Mazzone and Tom Newkirk: Partners At Saratoga National Golf Course
[Note: As Angelo Mazzone opens yet another venue a former employee of his restaurant Prime at Saratoga National Golf Course is suing him saying Mazzone illegally withheld tips and failed to pay overtime wages. Lawyers are seeking class action status saying there are at least 50 others who were treated similarly. See this blog’s May 4 posting of a Gazette article on this issue.]
New seafood restaurant to open in Saratoga Springs
Posted: 06/13/16, 4:02 PM EDT | Updated: 2 days ago
Lake Ave. in downtown Saratoga Springs. LAUREN HALLIGAN – LHALLIGAN@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM
SARATOGA SPRINGS >> Seafood is coming to the Spa City, with the upcoming opening of new restaurant Fish at 30 Lake.
The eighth Capital Region restaurant owned and operated by Mazzone Hospitality, Fish at 30 Lake is expected to open to the public on Saturday, June 18 at its 30 Lake Avenue location in downtown Saratoga Springs, inside the Grand Pavilion Hotel building at the corner of Lake Avenue and Pavilion Place.
The restaurant held a special event on Monday in advance of its grand opening. Instead of a ribbon cutting, this celebration included an inaugural oyster shucking in honor of the new restaurant’s raw bar.
Additionally, Fish at 30 Lake will offer seafood, hardwood grilled fish and pizza, and plates to share.
All menu items will feature an emphasis on locality and freshness, promising fish caught no earlier than the day before it is served. One of the restaurant’s mottos is “Ocean to Plate,” as displayed on the dining room wall. “Fish at 30 Lake will bring seafood into this area, and we’re only going to be serving seafood that was caught yesterday,” explained Angelo Mazzone, owner of Mazzone Hospitality, at the event.
Fish at 30 Lake will also include a mixologist led bar program with hand-crafted cocktails, local spirits and an approachable wine list.
The restaurant’s newly renovated interior features natural touches of reclaimed wood and industrial influences, including a hand-crafted wine cabinet and a large mural painted by a local artist.
“When we began designing plans for this space it was our main goal to create a comfortable atmosphere with the same quality we are known for at Mazzone hospitality. We also wanted this concept to be different from our existing restaurants, and unlike anything in Saratoga Springs,” Mazzone said at Monday’s event. “I look around at this space today, I can certainly say that that we’ve accomplished that goal,” he continued, noting that it’s one of his company’s nicest restaurants.
Mazzone Hospitality chief operating officer and Partner Mark Delos and corporate executive chef William Brown will oversee the new venture, along with Saratoga Springs restaurateur Ron Farber, who recently joined the Mazzone Hospitality team as a restaurant specialist.
In addition to the food and decor, Mazzone mentioned that the timing of the restaurant opening is great, too. “We could not think of a better time to open a restaurant here in downtown Saratoga Springs, just as summer tourist starts to heat up,” Mazzone said.
Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen said, “Angelo has a special talent of filling a niche that is missing, and we have been missing good seafood and fresh seafood in Saratoga Springs for a long time.”
“We have come to feel like saratoga Springs has something very special, and I talk about building community, but I also talk about the plethora of assets that make our community so great. And this is going to add to that group of restaurants and dining experiences and tourism attractions like no other,” the mayor continued, calling Fish at 30 Lake, “bound to be a huge success.”
[From Left to Right beginning with Assembly Woman Carrie Woerner (in Lime), Mayor Joanne Yepsen, and Senator Kathy Marchione.
Senator Kathleen Marchione also attended Monday’s event to congratulate Mazzone and his team on their new venture with a certificate of recognition from the Senate. Speaking of Mazzone’s reputation at his several other area restaurants, Marchione said, “The food is amazing, the service is terrific, and it’s just the place you want to be when you get a special night out.”
New York State Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner agreed.
“Your standards for hospitality, for cuisine are just really top notch and exactly what we need in Saratoga Springs. And this concept of fish out of the ocean yesterday, on the plate today is tremendous,” she said wishing Mazzone the best of luck. “I know that you will add to our city as we start the summer season, and I suspect your doors will be mobbed.”
Mazzone and the local officials joined after their remarks for a ceremonial oyster shucking, which comically proved to be a difficult task for some.
Fish at 30 Lake will officially open to the public on Saturday, June 18. The restaurant will open at 2 p.m. daily for light fare and cocktails, with dinner service beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dinner service will begin at 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Reservations will be accepted beginning Monday, June 20. Fish at 30 Lake will have 80 indoor seats and 40 outdoor seats.
Fish at 30 Lake is expected to complement the numerous Mazzone Hospitality properties in the greater Capital Region, including Prime at Saratoga National, an upscale steakhouse located on the grounds of Saratoga National Golf Club. Mazzone Hospitality also oversees catering operations at the Hall of Springs in the Saratoga Spa State Park and Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion on East Avenue, amongst other venues in the immediate area.