Albany’s taco truck (you heard me) to make its debut at Beat*Shot music festival tonight

You heard me correctly. There’s now a SoCal style taco truck, called Coast Tacos in the Capital District. And they’re starting off properly, tonight, at the 4th Annual Beat*Shot music festival.

On that note, if you’re not going to Beat*Shot and you have even the slightest interest in hip-hop, you’re out of your mind.

You can see their full menu on their facebook page. Give em a like and let me know how the food is!

Restaurants now required to display health inspection notices

Effective earlier this week, restaurants and eateries are now required to display their health inspection notices conspicuously. The system is different from the super easy to understand NYC based letter system, and the ranks are ‘excellent,’ ‘good,’ ‘fair,’ or ‘unsatisfactory’.

Before this, the ratings were only availble online at albanycounty.com/restaurantinspections, but since New York City has adopted this system, they have seen increased restaurant compliance with health inspectors.

Hit the jump for the press release, the grading rubric, and sample notices of compliance. Continue reading…

Aqua Ducks say goodbye, calling it quits on July 15th

Earlier this year, the Albany Aqua Ducks announced that both of their amphibious vehicles were for sale, and earlier this week they have been announced as sold. They will stop operating in Albany come July 15th.

It’s awesome for Albany to have had the only two amphibious tour boats/buses in New York State for quite some time, and it’s sad to see them go. You better book a tour quickly, you’ve only got a few days left!

Ticket Giveaway: Northern Faces at Valentines

This Friday, July 6th, and of course, they’re joined by The City Never Sleeps, The Slaughterhouse Chorus, Nate Danker and Olivia Quillio.

After parting ways with their drummer, Around the World and Back went for a fresh start with a new name and direction, which is Northern Faces. This show is their official launch, and is co-presented by Step Up, Exit 97.7, Spring Break ’95 and Heady Productions. If you need a refresher on what Northern Faces sounds like, here you go.

The facebook event is here, and here’s the official listing on the Valentine’s website.

Hit the jump to enter to win two tickets! Don’t enter if you can’t go, duh. I’ll pick the winner the day before the show. Continue reading…

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Sponsors! Duh! They help keep things moving over here at KAB, and they’re awesome. If you are interested in advertising, feel free to drop me a line using the contact page and we will get something worked out.

Collar City CrossFit: Each group class is headed by a trainer, complete with a warm up and cool down, and you’re in and out in an hour. The workouts are all scaled to your ability, but have you pushing yourself. I’ve been there about four weeks and feel much better already. And, your first class is free! If you’re ready to make some positive change in your life, this is the place to start.

The City Beer Hall: This place has become a real staple to this city. They’ve got a great craft selection on tap and even more bottles for you to choose from. Also, their food is insanely good, and if you’re not that hungry you can always opt for the free pizza you get with each drink. Everyone knows about their amazing patio, and they of course have plenty of space inside. Every Saturday and Sunday they’ve got their ‘Beer Brunch’ going full steam on their gorgeous patio.

Camp Bisco: The biggest 3-day-festival reasonably close to Albany. There is something for everyone, and not to mention three days of camping. We had a ton of fun there last year and expect this year to be no different.

518Prints: The only place to go if you need shirts printed. Period. Every local band shirt and more you probably don’t realize basically is done by these guys.

Beneath Lark St BID Drama, An Existential Question

Jordan Carleo-Evangelist over at the Times Union has been reporting about some drama/bad blood between a certain prickly individual who was on the Lark St BID Board and current board members, staffers, and the outgoing Executive Director. But the squabbling isn’t important. What’s important is this quote from the guy’s attorney:

“It’s his belief that because the BID is really there to benefit the merchants, it would be better off being a merchants association,” Keenan said. “And, frankly, if that were to happen, they could get what they want in regard to him. If there are no more tenants, then there’s no more R.A. to represent the tenants.”

I have no idea about the merits of the case one way or another and I don’t know any of the parties involved for that matter. That being said, the person behind this quote is downright wrong and not someone who should be on the board.

The Lark St business owners are not alchemists nor do they regularly prune cash from money trees; their success is tied to vitality of the neighborhood and that includes its residents. Turning the BID into a Merchants’ Association doesn’t make the residents evaporate.

Not that I think BIDs are perfect entities but they at least foster cooperation from all the parties affected in their boundaries. Which is a far better scenario than the business owners of the neighborhood coming together to be a political lobbying clique, what a merchants’ association is basically.