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Mexican Radio set to open Monday in downtown Schenectady
SCHENECTADY -- If the name "Mexican Radio" rings a bell, perhaps you've visited their locations in Hudson and New York City. But now, they're making Schenectady home, after deciding to come to the Electric City about five years ago.
"Schenectady appealed to us because it was a small city, not as small as Hudson, but not as big as New York but still a city none the less. It's very accessible, and also there is a fantastic development program going on in downtown Schenectady and we are very excited to be a part of that," says co-owner Lori Selden.
The chain has been in business for almost two decades, and the Schenectady restaurant will offer the same menu as the other locations. After a year and a half of construction, owners Mark and Lori tell us the city made things easy for them in an otherwise hectic time.
"We certainly found it very easy to work with the city, with the building department, the health department, everybody was really helpful. I would say it is the easiest municipality we've ever worked in," says co-owner Mark Young.
Mexican Radio might be new to town, but already they are helping to revitalize downtown Schenectady, creating 85 jobs will more expected to come, and restoring three historic buildings.
"The first building was the imperial department store which many in Schenectady have fond memories of in the 50's and early 60's. So we preserved that aspect of it, and the other two buildings the third building used to be an old press company, and there was talk at one point in knocking that down but I think if you go back that and see what we've done to it, you'd be glad that we saved the building," says Young.
The restaurant will offer three bars, and outdoor seating. But, a warning for anyone looking to attend it's grand opening Monday, be prepared to wait in line.