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Restaurant to aid Rotterdam recovery

In less than six months the town of Rotterdam should be able to experience Recovery's atmosphere and offerings.

"The Recovery Sports Grill is really a celebration of sports," said Stephen Obermayer, executive vice president of BBL. "It's about coming to a place for good food, good times and cheering on your favorite team. We've seen the passion that Rotterdam has towards its sports, and we know it is going to work very, very well here."

Marc Goldstein, director of real estate for Columbia Development Companies, said developing in the suburbs is not as easy as some think, so his organization focuses on cities and towns like Rotterdam.

"We are concentrating on the cities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy and the town Rotterdam, because we're welcomed into the cities and the neighborhoods, and we're able to design, plan and implement new projects within a reasonable period of time and at reasonable costs utilizing existing infrastructure," said Goldstein. "This site is certainly one of the most visible in the town of Rotterdam. It provides exposure and traffic " two key ingredients for restaurants and retailers."

The restaurant will be 62,000 square feet and face Curry Road, while the planned bank is 25,000 square feet and will face Altamont Avenue. Demolition is expected to start in three to four weeks.

"Today is just the beginning and not the end," said Francis Del Gallo, Rotterdam Town Board supervisor. "Let's continue to move forward and build more buildings, get more tax base. Let's make it easier for the builders to build."

Del Gallo also joked, "You know I like to drink beer. You can see it just by looking at me.""

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