Next month, my business partners and I will be opening a restaurant called Sciortinoâ€™s in the diner cart next to Wolffâ€™s Biergarten, in North Albany’s Warehouse District.
The name of the restaurant will be called â€œSciortinoâ€™sâ€, after my grandparents, Frank & Rachel Sciortino who are from Utica, NY (pictured above).
Very sadly, my grandfather passed away yesterday.
He turned 90 years old on Thursday. I was hoping that he would have lived long enough to see Sciortinoâ€™s open, but that wasnâ€™t in the cards I guess.
I loved my grandfather very much. He was a soft spoken, very kind man who loved the Yankees. When I was a kid, he used to give me $2 a week allowance for no reason, and would make me Pepsi-Floats before bed whenever I would sleep over my grandparentâ€™s house.
I loved my grandfather for many more reasons, but mostly because he was giving. He never had a lot of money, but that didnâ€™t stop him from always sending me socks, deodorant, Hanes tshirts, Gilette razors, and gift certificates to Red Lobster and Delmonicoâ€™s.
I once told him that I liked chocolate covered cherries, and when I went away to college, he sent me weekly care packages with $10 in it and a box of chocolate covered cherries.
Iâ€™m gonna miss him very much. He was the best grandfather I ever could have wished for. Iâ€™m happy that his last name will live on in a restaurant that I hope he would have been proud of.
Sciortinoâ€™s is going to be a casual, Italian restaurant featuring some of my grandparentâ€™s recipes, and other delicious stuff like meatballs, pizza and pitchers of beer (!!!).
If youâ€™d like to see our logo and a photo of the neon sign that is currently under construction at Ray Sign in Schenectady, NY, you can see it after the jump.