BY REBECCA ISENHART
LATHAM — It shouldn’t be long before passers-by on Troy-Schenectady Road near the Niskayuna border will see diners relaxing by an outdoor fireplace at Innovo Kitchen, where an old bowling alley recently stood.
The restaurant, a gastropub with a casual atmosphere and a meticulously prepared menu, is expected to open sometime in September.
It’s a slight change in timeline from what Chef John LaPosta had planned earlier in the year. Initially, he had intended to begin hiring in mid-April, with an opening slated for late spring or early summer. Instead, he said interviews have just begun to staff the place, which will employ about 40.
“There’s been a few issues slowing us down,” he said. “Everything’s going well now.”
Among those issues is a bit of legal trouble that followed LaPosta and his partner, Tina Kruger, from their last restaurant business.
The couple, who live in Clifton Park, were arrested April 17 on charges of second-degree grand larceny, a felony. The two were chef and part-owner of Maestro’s at the Van Dam in Saratoga, from which they were accused of stealing more than $50,000.
After their arrest, the couple’s lawyer told The Daily Gazette the charges stemmed from a business dispute with former partner Bill Donovan, and that all transactions were completely legal.
LaPosta said the legal proceedings are still underway, so he isn’t able to comment. However, he seemed calm and confident about the outcome of the case.
“There was one side of coin talked about and the other side of the coin will come out eventually,” he said.
“It’s got nothing to do with the new restaurant,” he added. “The restaurant’s going to be incredible.”