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New business opens in downtown Albany

September 26, 2007

Albany--With the Riverfront District now in the works, many downtown business owners hope that the heart of Albany will eventually flourish into a happening hot spot and more businesses will open up shop in the area.

One new business that just opened up this week hopes to add to the vitality of downtown Albany.  If you love BBQ, you might want to check out Riverfront BBQ located on Broad Avenue near Riverfront Park.

The restaurant is owned by Dale Saunders.  You might recognize him. For the past two years, he's sold BBQ outside the Piggly Wiggly on North Westover Boulevard, so he's an expert cook.

Saunders and his crew have been preparing for opening day for weeks now.  Unlike other places of businesses in the downtown area, his restaurant opens very early in the morning, serving breakfast starting at seven.

Since opening, Saunders says the response from the community has been positive.

We talked to several other downtown businesses recently, and they say they're happy to see someone else finally open up shop.

"We invite all opportunities of new businesses to open up because when one business opens up, it opens up visitation for everyone to benefit," says William Livingston, owner of New York Fashions.

"We're excited about it, and we hope that the community will come out and support these people as they continue to help grow downtown Albany," says Cullena Morman with Albany Tomorrow.

Riverfront BBQ is in the old Georgia Fries restaurant at the corner of Front Street and Broad Avenue.  The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch until 2:30 PM, Monday through Friday.  You can reach the restaurant at 888-4647.