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A new elegance

Scrimshaw Restaurant at The Desmond gets a new menu

Scrimshaw Restaurant at The Desmond Hotel in Albany got a new menu and dining room renovations.

Scrimshaw Restaurant at The Desmond Hotel in Albany got a new menu and dining room renovations. Submitted Photo

— Lots of careful research went into finding the perfect dining room formula and Rivera said he thinks Scrimshaw has found one that provides a dining experience rapidly fading.

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Stephen Fratianni, new chef de cuisine

“We looked at what the fine dining scene in the Albany area is. When you look at some of the hotels’ fine dining rooms and unfortunately business has been such that a lot of the famous rooms have closed down,” said Rivera. “Our philosophy was to stay the course and our goal is to become the premier fine dining destination in Albany.”

Revamping the décor and serving style (classic French brigade) are immediately noticeable changes, but there were also some behind the scenes alterations diners might never be aware of.

“The market seafood menu page that changes monthly allows them to get creative. They let us go on the boats to see what their production is,” said Rivera, referring to a seafood supplier from Boston. “We have the favorites but if you’re looking for something new and contemporary we can offer that to you as well.”

The Desmond is located at 660 Albany Shaker Road. Scrimshaw Restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is closed Sunday and Monday. For more information about Scrimshaw, to view a menu or to book a table online visit www.desmondhotels.com. To make a reservation by phone call 869-8100.

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