Staff report, The Saratogian
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — The Whistling Kettle now has a third Capital Region location with the opening of a new restaurant and tea shop in the Electric City.
Following its debut in Ballston Spa in 2004 and expansion to Troy in 2014, The Whistling Kettle’s newest site is now open at 138 Jay St. in Schenectady.
The business is owned and operated by Troy couple Kevin and Meahgan Borowsky, who saw an opportunity with Schenectady’s recent development and revitalization.
“Schenectady was chosen as a strategic location giving WK customers more opportunities to enjoy what The Whistling Kettle offers,” a press release from the company said, “A thoughtful interior, friendly staff, delicious food, a large selection of tea and coffee and paraphernalia for home brewing.”
For the third location, the owners decided to seek out a building to purchase and renovate. They liked Jay Street’s unique feel and how the location it is surrounded by other small businesses. “It was an ideal time to invest in a property, renovate it to suit and be part of Schenectady’s downtown resurgence,” the release said.
The new Jay Street location offers the ingredients that have helped make the previous Whistling Kettle locations a success, such as a pedestrian-only street with plenty of parking nearby, a resurgent downtown, local cultural attractions like Proctors, and higher learning institutions like Union College.
Additionally, the location affords Schenectady area guests who were too far to visit the Ballston Spa and Troy locations regularly a spot much closer to them.
The Whistling Kettle is known for its extensive tea and beverage selection. It has the largest selection of teas in the Capital Region, offered loose for home brewing as well as hot or iced, served in-house or to-go.
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