Beff's says goodbye to Delmar, keeps Colonie restaurant

Some small changes such as Calzones being added pizza menu, but there will be still be burgers and the like, and Swift said he will also be adding some entrees to the menu.

The announcement was originally made on the pub's Facebook Web site, stating, "Beff's in Delmar will be closing permanently on Sunday, June 7th. It will re-open under new management/ownership as Swifty's Pub."

One of the comments was left on the announcement was, "Is this a joke?"

Blanchfield said it's no joke and he will miss the community that has supported him all these years but he will still be open for the greater Capital District.

"Delmar is great," he said. "I want to thank the people here. We haven't always been perfect, but it's always been great working here."

The Delmar location was just a casualty of happenstance.

"The only reason Delmar was sold over Albany was because Albany is bigger and we have a lot of banquets and my catering business is really taking off," said Blanchfield. "One place had to go."

Manager Rachel Kayser will be staying on staff through the transition and said all gift certificates and cards can be used at the 95 Everett Road location in Colonie near the Albany City line.

She said the response has been overwhelming only hours, and even minutes, after the announcement was made online on Wednesday, June 3.

"I've worked here a really long time and I'm amazed at the interest everyone has in this," said Kayser. "This is a really great place."

Blanchfield said he has confidence in Swift, saying, "Dave's a good guy," that he will do a "high-quality job." The Beff's signature dishes such as its "chicken toes" and "Irish Nachos" are coming with Blanchard and he believes Swift will still have pub fare, but that Swift's chief has training in New Orleans and will have a menu with some Cajun and Creole options.

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