Reel Seafood Co. sets table for next phase of renovations


The giant octopus sign outside Reel Seafood Co., a recognizable symbol of one the last independent restaurants on Wolf Road in Colonie, New York, will be replaced in the second phase of renovations at the family-owned seafood restaurant. Aliki Serras' major project as new owner of of Reel Seafood Co. was to renovate the interior of the seafood restaurant her family has owned since the 1980s. Now, she's planning a second phase of improvements so the exterior matches the inside's blue-and-white, Mediterranean and Aegean inspired decor. Renovations will include improvements to the awning, facade and landscape, in addition to a new sign.

"As much as I love it, it doesn't fit with the aesthetics of the interior," Serras says of the sign. A number of people have expressed interest in owning the sign after its taken down, she says.  Serras, 29, who became owner in January 2014, says she's surprised by the number of people who come into the restaurant and were unaware the restaurant went through a redecoration. The exterior renovations will indicate the changes at the restaurant, she says.

The second phase of renovations, with a price tag of $150,000, will begin in either November or early 2015, with minimal disruptions to the business. It will be complete in time for the 2015 patio season, she says. The first set of renovations, which cost $750,000, required the restaurant to close for three weeks. The general contractor is Tom Picozzi of TMP Construction Services LLC in Clifton Park, who was general contractor for the earlier renovations. 

Serras also plans to eventually expand the building at 195 Wolf Road to create a banquet facility to host small events.

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