View Full Version : Saratoga watering hole down in Manhattan?

Feb. 23, 2011, 10:43 AM
No, not Saratoga Water (http://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Hoping-for-a-flood-from-a-spring-639921.php) which already available just about anywhere - including now China. Rather this is about enjoying a Manhattan (http://www.idrink.com/v.html?id=46821) at Siro's in Manhattan ;)

The Saratoga Race Course neighbor and 70-yr old imbibing institution - acquired last year by a group of celebs and investors - where you can expect to pay a month's salary on a round of drinks and maybe a steak is expanding.

First it will be the harness racing folks who won't have to venture over to throughbred racing territory to enjoy an expensive glass of Maker's Mark. The second location, Siro's Trattoria, will open next to the Saratoga Raceway by converting over the existing upscale eatery The Lodge (http://saratogaraceway.com/Groups/Group-Dining/The-Lodge.aspx). After that the longer term plan is for a NYC outlet in Manhattan to opening.

Albany Business Journal 2-22-11 "Owners of Siro’s to run second Saratoga venue" (http://www.bizjournals.com/albany/morning_call/2011/02/owners-of-siros-to-run-second.html)

Racing Restaurants of America has finalized a long-term lease to operate The Lodge, a fine-dining restaurant on Nelson Avenue owned by Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The investment group, headed also by managing partners Paul Carlucci, publisher of the New York Post, and Steven Schoenfeld, managing partner with MPS Global Securities, includes dozens of celebrities, horsemen and trainers. (http://poststar.com/business/local/article_d441a520-9517-11df-99ac-001cc4c002e0.html)

The Lodge is being renamed Siro’s Trattoria as part of an effort to brand the concept and expand locations, including a third Siro’s, soon to open in Manhattan.

With the injection of even more celebs and athletes does this mean the Saratoga track will see even more diverse owners in 2011? New York Yankees’ closing pitcher, Mariano Rivera, is among the would-be owners already tied into Kantrowitz other venues.

With the demise of NYC OTB it would be fitting if the Siro's in Manhattan was to get simulcast race wagering there .

(Siro's, acquired last spring, includes a broad group of minor owners such as Kevin Connolly and Kevin Dillon of the HBO series “Entourage;” Dr. Keith Ablow of Fox News; trainer Dallas Stewart; jockey John Velazquez; Terry Finley and Josh Cooper of West Point Thoroughbreds; Francisco Costa, head designer of Calvin Klein; Andrew Rosen, horseman and CEO of the clothing design company Theory; photographer George Kalinsky; and horsemen John DeStefano and John Kelly.)

Feb. 23, 2011, 11:53 PM
Thanks for the story. For all the years and dozens of times I've gone to Saratoga, from going with my father, then in my single days, and even now with a few more miles on, I haven't gone in the door! Parked there enough times in years past. Maybe this summer I'll have to pinch some pennies and save up to treat sig other since he's hesitated at the price on a few occasions. Before you need 2 months' salary for the evening!

Feb. 24, 2011, 02:58 PM
For me the charm of Siro's has been a choice of sit-down dinners inside or beer & hotdogs parties outside, and all of it in a horse-racing atmosphere. A Siro's in Manhattan would be hard pressed to replicate such an atmosphere.