Wednesday, January 10, 2018


2009-07-05 19:41:31 -0700
LA location
Now for something new for the new year.  I heard of Benihana through The Golden Girls, both being based in the Miami area.  It's a chain of Japanese restaurants yet to embrace CNY.  While I'm not familiar with this kind of cuisine myself, it's good to branch out a little:

Syracuse (east side) - NY 5, former Firudo (another Japanese restaurant that moved down the street)/Doughertys Masquerade/Empire Vision/gym and spa?
deWitt - NY 5, Shoppingtown, former TGI Fridays (only if above isn't used)
Syracuse (north side) - Destiny USA, former Ballys or Bon-Ton (two restaurant vacancies are too close too another Japanese steakhouse)
Clay - NY 31, Great Northern Mall, former Ruby Tuesdays
Auburn - NY 5 and US 20, Fingerlakes Mall, former Rex
Cicero - E Circle Drive and Frontage Road, former Cicis Pizza
East Syracuse - Bridge St and Enterprise Pkwy, former Carmellas Café (if first two aren't considered)
Canastota - NY 5 and 13, former Family Dollar
New Hartford - NY 5A, Sangertown Square
Oswego - NY 481 & 104
Fulton - NY 481 & CR 57

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Jersey Mikes

Day 162: Jersey Mike's
Wish that was me!
Jersey Mikes are another sub chain yet to grace CNY shores as it's too easy to go to rivals Subway (even Old Forge and Skaneateles have those).  I went by the Plains Township, PA one last year, but it was too out of the way.  Albany's the closest one I know right now (even though I usually go to local competitor Mr Subb when I'm in the Capital Region).  Here's where they need to be in CNY and beyond:

Baldwinsville (Moyers Corners) - NY 31 & CR 57 (former Tim Hortons/Dougs/JDs/Hardees)
Liverpool - CR 57 (former Arbys if not above spot up the road or former Canales Take Out)
deWitt - NY 5 (Shoppingtown Mall food court)
Manlius - NY 173 (former Marks Pizzeria)
Fairmount - Fairmount Fair (opening near Five Guys)
Cortland - NY 13 (former Tim Hortons [by I-81] and McDonalds [Cortlandville by NY 281])
Fayetteville - Towne Ctr (former Eastern Mountain Sports) or Verizon Wireless on NY 5
Fulton - NY 481 (former Fays/Eckerd Drugs)
Oswego - NY 104 (former Rite Aid/Eckerd) or downtown
East Syracuse - NY 290 (former Village Deli) and/or Northern Blvd & E Taft Rd (yet former Tim Hortons)
Rochester - NY 15 (former CVS/pharmacy or Jimmy Johns)
Auburn - NY 5 (former Tim Hortons)
Clay - NY 31 & 481 (Great Northern Mall in former Ruby Tuesday to keep far enough from Subpar!)
North Syracuse - US 11 (former Tim Hortons, Maines or Jreck Subs)
Cicero - US 11 (former Tim Hortons/Mighty Taco) or Circle Drive (former McDonalds)
New Hartford - Shopping Ctr (former Tuesday Morning)
Chittenango - NY 5 & 13 (former Kinney Drugs)
Bridgeport - NY 31 (former Kinney Drugs)
Salina - Buckley Rd & 7th North St (Ex-Timmy Ho's again!)
Syracuse (north side) - Lodi, Catherine and Butternut Sts. (former Jreck Subs)
Syracuse (east side) - NY 92, former Pudgies/Pizza Hut Delivery

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Halloween Express

Halloween Express
Charlotte, NC location.  Enter if you dare!
Here's a new one.  However, due to its blatantly seasonal nature, Halloween Express are only open from late August until its very purpose, much like their competitor Spirit of Halloween, who are already in town every year.  There are a number of locations that may be available next year:

Clay - Great Northern Mall, NY 31 & 481; former Macys or Bon-Ton
deWitt - Shoppingtown Mall, NY 5; former Dicks or JCPenney
Westvale - Westvale Plaza, NY 5, former Pep Boys/Brand Name Deals or Dance Centre
Chittenango - NY 5 & 13, former Kinney Pharmacy
Bridgeport -  NY 31, former Kinney or Great American
Canastota - NY 5 & 13, former Family Dollar
Auburn - former P&C
Oswego - Mid-City Plaza, NY 481 & 104, former Rite Aid Pharmacy
Fulton - NY 481, former Eckerd Pharmacy or kmart
Liverpool - Seneca Mall, CR 57; former kmart or Price Chopper
Cortland - Riverside Plaza, NY 13; former flea market (if Planet Fitness isn't there first) or Fays Drugs
New Hartford - NY 5A, former Price Chopper
Colonie - NY 5, former Sears, Colonie Ctr
Henrietta - NY 252, former Tops
Canandaigua - NY 5 & US 20
Syracuse (north side) - Destiny USA, former Bon-Ton
Syracuse (west side) - Western Lights, former Herb Phillipsons/kmart
Syracuse (east side) - NY 5, former Empire Vision/spa?/Doughertys/Firudo
North Syracuse - US 11, former Maines/Peters/Williams
Queens - former Caldor
Poughkeepsie - US 44 & NY 55, former ShopRite
Irondequoit - Medley Ctr
Williamsville - Eastern Hills Mall
Baldwinsville - former Family Dollar

Back in my day, we had Switz's and Dougherty's, but that's for another post!

Sunday, September 17, 2017


AutoNation Hayward Toyota - 2014 Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum
AutoNation Toyota.
AutoNation are a different animal from CarMax yet also have no footprint yet in CNY.  They could go where other car dealers used to be that no one else has bothered with since:

Fayetteville - former Jays Village Chevrolet, NY 5
Fulton - former Davidson/Fred Raynor/Reymore Ford, NY 3
Baldwinsville - former Burdick Toyota, NY 31 and CR 57
Syracuse - former Lewis Goodman Chrysler Plymouth, NY 5
Lakeland - former Vals Dodge, State Fair Blvd
Central Square - Burdick Ford, NY 49 (only if they ever decide to move to their sister dealerships at Drivers Village [née Penn Can Mall] in Cicero similar to how Davidson Ford moved to Liverpool; then Burdick Ford can go in the former Burlington or merge with the Lincoln Mercury Mazda division)
Phoenix - Former Sharon/Fox Chevrolet, CR 57 & 57A (moving to across from Davidson Ford)
Utica - former Paolozzi Mazda, former NY 49
Rome - former dealership, NY 233, 49, 69 and 365.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons
Calgary, ALB store at nights.
It's been a couple years since Tim Hortons' US office decided to close shops in CNY except those inside Delta Sonic or Mirabito, leaving Rochester with the closest stand-alone locations to Syracuse (I sometimes go there or in the border community).  Only a few have become other things to date (will be indicated).

North Syracuse (Sweetheart Corners) - US 11
Downtown Syracuse - now Original Grain
Syracuse (Nob Hill) - NY 173 (now Dunkin' Donuts)
Weedsport - NY 31 & 34
Fulton - NY 481 (now Arbys only)
Oswego - NY 481 & W Utica St (Aspen Dental coming soon)
Syracuse (Thompson Road) - NY 635, now demolished
East Syracuse - NY 290
Oneida - NY 5 (now Arbys)
Syracuse (Skunk City)
Cicero (US 11) - briefly Mighty Taco
Auburn - NY 5
Cortland - NY 13
Baldwinsville (Moyers Corners) - NY 31 & CR 57 (formerly Hardees and Dougs Fish Fry)
Niagara Falls, ONT - Niagara Square in food court (mall being converted to power centre; existing one up the road)
East Syracuse (between NY 298 and I-481) - Northern Blvd & E Taft Road
Liverpool - 7th North St & Buckley Rd.
Baldwinsville (TBD) - NY 31 & 370 or Downer St.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Blaze Pizza

Blaze Pizza Fremont
Fremont, CA location (Krispy Kreme can wait!)
NBA superstar leBron James is spokestar and investor of LA-area pizza chain Blaze, but it's more the idea of another multinational chain not yet in these parts rather him than being on the Cuyahoga County team that warrants a post.  A local place that has quick brick oven fire-baked pizza will have to compete if Blaze comes to town.  I may next look into CPK at a later date.

Henrietta - NY 252, Southtown Plaza
Fayetteville - NY 5, former Pizza Hut Delivery
Mattydale - US 11, former Sweet Basil or Pizza Hut
Canastota - NY 5 & 13, former Family Dollar
Liverpool - CR 57, former Canales
Syracuse (north side) - Destiny USA, former Unos or Ruby Tuesdays
Syracuse (SU Hill) - only officially confirmed future location at this time
Westvale - NY 5, former Dance Centre
deWitt - NY 5, Shoppingtown
East Syracuse - former Carmellas
Clay - NY 31, former Ruby Tuesdays (Blazes sister chain Wetzels Pretzels are in the food court)
Cicero - former Cicis or McDonalds
Canandaigua - US 20 & NY 5, former Ponderosa
Oswego - NY 481 & 104, former Eckerd/Fays/Rite Aid
Fulton - NY 481, former Eckerd/Fays
Syracuse (SU Hill) - confirmed for late 2018!
New Hartford - NY 5 & 5A, Sangertown Square
Chittenango - NY 5 & 13, former Kinney Pharmacy
Auburn - US 20 & NY 5, Fingerlakes Mall
Syracuse (downtown) - Armory Square
Rochester - NY 15, former CVS/pharmacy
Cortland - NY 13, former Tim Hortons
Irondequoit - Skyview on the Ridge (formerly Medley Ctr)
Westvale - NY 5, former Dance Ctr, Hallmark or Stop & Swap
Watertown - NY 3, former Titled Kilt
Syracuse (east side) - NY 5 & 635, former Tilted Kilt or NY 92, former Pizza Hut Delivery/Pudgies
North Syracuse - US 11, former Papa Johns

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Lidl USA

Greater Manchester store
Lidl have finally arrived in the US, but only in the mid-Atlantic right now.  I posted on them five years ago, but decided to start from scratch instead of just updating an old article.  They will now have to compete with Aldi here in America as they do Europe (neither are in Canada yet, but similar chains exist there).  As usual, CNY will be the main focus as that's what I know best, but I know I can try elsewhere too:

Jordan - 9 Mechanic St (former Tops and Big M)
Canandaigua - vacancy on US 20/NY 5 and 332
Fulton - former Fays/Eckerd or kmart on NY 481 (arch-rival yet to be built up or down the street)
Cortland - former P&C on NY 41 and US 11
Oswego - former Price Chopper near Fort Ontario and Port of Oswego or Rite Aid/Eckerd/Fays on NY 104 & 481
Chittenango - former Kinney Drugs on NY 5 and 13
Syracuse (west side) - former Nojaim Bros on Gifford and S West Sts.
Syracuse (east side) - former Sams Club on NY 5
Bridgeport - former Kinney or Victory on NY 31 and/or 298
Cicero - former Burlington Coat Factory near Drivers Village
New Hartford - former Price Chopper on NY 5A
Rochester - former CVS on NY 15
Irondequoit - Skyview on the Ridge (ex-Medley Ctr)
Liverpool - former kmart or Price Chopper on CR 57
deWitt - former Dicks on NY 5
East Syracuse - former CountryMax/Agway on NY 290
Henrietta - former Tops or other vacancy on NY 252
Auburn - former P&C
Geneva - former Tops on NY 5 and US 20
Baldwinsville - former Rite Aid
Oneida - former Herb Phillipsons downtown on NY 46
Rome - former car dealer on NY 49 and 365
Watervliet  - former Price Chopper on NY 32
Menands - former Save-a-Lot on NY 32
Palatine Bridge - former Ames on NY 5
Poughkeepsie - former ShopRite on NY 55 and US 44
North Syracuse - former Media Play or Maines/Peters/Williams on US 11
Elbridge - former Family Dollar on NY 5