Quick post today but I wanted to get a few pics out before the Lost & Found soft opening tomorrow. Earlier this week I had the chance to get a sneak peek at the new bar and kitchen, located in the old Barrel Saloon spot across from Nine Pin in the Warehouse District.
The outdoor space is one of the larger patios I’ve seen in Albany, wrapping around two entire sides of the building. With plenty of seating available, a fire pit, cornhole and some Giant Jenga to keep people entertained, it’s shaping up to be one of the best outdoor places in the area to hang. (And with these cooler temps we’ve been having, this is my favorite time of year to do some outdoor drinking, too.)
Food is being headed up by Ian Brower, formerly of Donna’s and Peck’s, and prior to that the Capital City Gastropub. When chatting with him about what they were offering that night, I mentioned I was getting a little bit of a Prohibition Pig vibe from the offerings, and I was surprised to hear Ian actually worked with Chad from Pro Pig back in their Farmhouse Tap & Grill days. Small world.
The abbreviated food menu for the sneak peek was simple, but of what we were able to try, I was really impressed. I always love to see a chef who can make quality dishes without taking themselves too seriously, and Ian’s take on the Big Mac, the Pig Mac, is a perfect example of that. The pimento cheese was spot on, but what floored me the most was the Carbonara Fries. This is a hefty boat of fries, but seriously, get these. The runny egg yolk mixed in with the carbonara sauce and cured meats was so addicting. I can’t wait to check out the the lamb gyro next time I’m down, too.
Draft selection isn’t huge with only 8 taps, but with go tos like Firestone Walker Pivo Pils and Common Roots Daylight on tap, along with a wider selection of cans from Finback, some sours and even some cheap beers, what was available kept all of us happy that night (that is, until we started getting into shots).
A night that was originally planned on just checking out the new menu and grabbing a couple drinks with a friend turned into an all nighter when a big group of troublemakers made their way down after the Common Roots/Peekskill Dinner was over at The City Beer Hall. The Lost & Found crew stayed as late as we could keep hanging and were more than accommodating with the drinks and more food to snack on. Plus they were a great crew to just hang with while we were all there BSing into the wee hours of the morning.
I really had a ton of fun that night (not so much the next morning) but thankfully we now have ridesharing available in the area. If this was a preview of what the my experience at Lost & Found is going to be, it is a very welcome addition to the neighborhood, and one I’m definitely looking forward to revisiting.
The soft opening for Lost & Found is tomorrow (9/1), with a Grand Opening slated for next Friday (9/8). Make sure to check it out!
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Ian is not a joke. He is the real deal. The best I’ve worked with in the 17 years I’ve been in the industry. He is truly salt of the earth too. An absolute pleasure to work with. He is always curious and interested in growing and learning. His food reflects his passion and intellectual curiosity. However, he will hate that I’ve said all this because he can’t take a compliment! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Too bad!