By Rebecca Isenhart
LATHAM — A new option for eating out — or for staying in — is taking shape in what was once the Bowlers Club on Troy-Schenectady Road.
Galleria 7 Market, in Latham near the Niskayuna border, will be a cross of sorts between an upscale food court and a farmer’s market. It will be situated in the former bowling alley, behind a recently-opened hair studio and a restaurant and a golf simulator scheduled to open soon.
“The difference is it’s a little bit nicer than a food court, and you can take food with you,” developer Richard Rosetti said. Some leases for the dozen stalls have already been signed, including a wood-fired pizza vendor and a shop that will sell fish, prepared fish and soups. Additional vendors could sell meat, olive oil, cookies, produce or other products.
There will be seating for 96 people in the center of the marketplace, a mix of tables and a high-top bar with additional capacity outdoors during warmer months.
Rosetti said he imagines Galleria 7 as a convenient stop for people who live or work nearby and want to pick up dinner without having to stop at a full grocery store.
“For me, I live close by and I work here,” he said.
Like some of the other businesses in the building, Galleria 7 will have some pieces that recall its history as a bowling alley. The industrial-style ceiling will remain exposed, for example, though it will be cleaned and painted using the same treatment as Innovo Kitchen, which will open later this month. The Galleria’s floors will also be styled after Innovo’s design.
Pieces of the bowling alley floor were also used for the bar and several tables at Innovo Kitchen. The counter at NextGen Indoor Golf was once used for bowling shoe rental. Rosetti said there’s plenty of reclaimed wood left for the new market.
“We recycled all of the bowling alley,” he said.
After purchasing the vacant bowling alley, Rosetti added a small retail building that now houses a Starbucks and Ayelada Frozen Yogurt.
There’s likely to be a third building on the property, as well. The additional structure would be slightly larger, but would house just one tenant in a retail or office space setting. Rosetti said he’s already in talks with a potential tenant, a national business, though a lease hasn’t been signed yet.
By Rebecca Isenhart