Local restaurants fight recession with food

When household revenue is down, certain sacrifices are made especially things considered luxuries" like traveling, going to the movies and eating out.

Restaurants around Schenectady County are fighting that trend and doing what they can to beat the effects of the recession.

"We're just trying to hold on," said Deanna Smith, an owner of Pasquariello's Restaurant in Scotia.

She said that in these tough financial times, fewer people are coming in to the restaurant and they're ordering cheaper items and not as many of them. She said Pasquariello's hasn't tried to do anything differently to lure customers in " they've always had specials and they haven't changed their menu at all.

Kathleen Olesko, an owner of City Squire in Niskayuna, also hasn't tried to do anything different in terms of business tactics to bring customers into Union Street tavern.

"We try to keep [our meal prices] low anyway. We try to keep everything within a reasonable cost," said Olesko.

Similar to Pasquariello's, her restaurant has always offered specials to customers, like wing specials on Sundays.

"Keeping everything at a medium price keeps our business going," said Olesko.

She said that things are generally slow in the summer for her restaurant, recession or not, because people leave town, but she has noticed that some of her regular customers are coming in less.

"There are a few regulars that we had that would come in four to five times a week, and now they're only coming in couple times a week," said Olesko, but she noted that she wouldn't really be able to tell if there have been any changes until fall rolls around. That's when college students in the area come back and people aren't going on vacations as frequently.

In terms of buying patterns, she's noticed that there are some people who are buying less food.

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