SARATOGA SPRINGS – A new eatery, albeit one known to Saratogians for a decade, has targeted the location formerly housing Lillian’s restaurant at 408 Broadway.
Plans call for the two-story development of a new Cantina restaurant at the vacant space bordered by The Washington building to the north and Gardner Lane to the south.
First floor designs show a kitchen, bar and dining area with a staircase that leads to the second floor which features a catering kitchen and approximately 2,700 square feet of “open seating,” indicating an event space. Changes include new lighting and signage, windows installed along Gardner Lane alley, and upgrades to the front exterior façade.
Lillian’s restaurant closed on Jan. 1, 2016 after more than 40 years on Broadway. Two months later owner Ray Morris sold the building to 408 Broadway Realty LLC for $2.45 million. The buyer, reported the Albany Business Review in 2016, was technology company nfrastructure’s CEO Dan Pickett. The current applicant, according to an architectural/ historic review application filed with the city last month, is ACT 408 Broadway LLC, and lists Cantina restaurant owner Jeff Ames as a contact person.
Cantina opened its doors in June 2007 and continues to operate at 430 Broadway.
The opening of a Cantina restaurant in the former Lillian’s location is contingent on the sale of the building at 408 Broadway, according to Ames.
Some additional development applications under consideration by the city’s Land Use boards include:
Caroline Apartments: 24 Caroline Street, construction of new, in-fill, mixed-use building. (Building previously located on site demolished due to fire). Owner: 24 Caroline Street Owners, LLC 7 Sundance Lane, Loudonville, N.Y. (below)
South Broadway mixed-use: 146 South Broadway. To replace former one-story ice cream store and pizza restaurant located on east side of South Broadway. Owner: Performing Asset Strategies, Saratoga Springs. (below)
Station Park: Proposed mixed-use development on west side, between Route 29 (Washington Street) and the train station. Owner: West Avenue Property LLC, c/o Markwood Enterprises Inc., Hollywood, California. (below)
New six-story hotel and spa. Owner: Adelphi Hotel Partners, LLC. Proposed location: the north side of Washington Street between Universal Preservation Hall and the Rip Van Dam site. The northeast corner of the property abuts the Adelphi Hotel (361-365 Broadway), also owned by Adelphi Hotel Partners, LLC – although the new hotel will be operated independently from the Adelphi Hotel.
At the new hotel, the north end of the first floor will provide access to an indoor pool. The pool will be in an attached single-story structure. The second through sixth floors of the new building will include 50 additional guest suites. A one-story connector will provide access to an existing stone house at 23 Washington Street - which formerly served as the rectory for the Bethesda Episcopal Church – and which will be renovated as a guest suite. (below)