The Buzz: What to call the airport deli? – Times Union

  • Signage marks the new Empire Deli at Albany International Airport on Friday, April 5, 2019, in Colonie, N.Y. The deli is located near the security gate on the unsecured side. It is branded in conjunction with local Arena Football League team, Albany Empire. (Will Waldron/Times Union)

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    Signage marks the new Empire Deli at Albany International Airport on Friday, April 5, 2019, in Colonie, N.Y. The deli is located near the security gate on the unsecured side. It is branded in conjunction with

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Signage marks the new Empire Deli at Albany International Airport on Friday, April 5, 2019, in Colonie, N.Y. The deli is located near the security gate on the unsecured side. It is branded in conjunction with local Arena Football League team, Albany Empire. (Will Waldron/Times Union)

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Signage marks the new Empire Deli at Albany International Airport on Friday, April 5, 2019, in Colonie, N.Y. The deli is located near the security gate on the unsecured side. It is branded in conjunction with

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The opening of the new Empire Deli at Albany International Airport last April drew plenty of interest from passengers. After all, team members from the Arena Football League franchise were there  for the opening were working behind the counter as reporters and airport officials looked on.

What a great way to promote the local arena football team, we thought. Alas, the deli has outlived the league, which filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation in late November even though the local franchise was drawing thousands of fans to the downtown Times Union Center each game.

The Albany team was  indeed popular, outdrawing the other five teams in the league, and winning the league championship.

The deli’s name is generic enough, so perhaps the Empire name will endure.  Airport spokesman Doug Myers on Friday said there were no plans to change the deli’s name.


Meanwhile, efforts are under way to find another team sport to bring to the Times Union Center in downtown Albany.

Stroopwafel break

Speaking of team sports, and food, you may wonder why the stroopwafel is suddenly so popular. If you’re not Dutch, you may not know what we’re  referring to. But those who fly United out of Albany are familiar with the sweet caramel-filled snacks.

And so, it appears, are players in the National Basketball Association. The Washington Post reported last week that the waffle-like cookie has become a popular treat at halftime for many team members. It’s a quick source of energy, players say.


At least 18 NBA teams dine on the snack, the Post reported. And one Timberwolves player was even spotted on the sidelines munching on one during the game.

Sounds like a great Dutch treat.

No breaks here

As we drove through downtown Troy shortly after the annual Turkey Trot had ended, we weren’t surprised to see the sidewalks busy with people. What surprised us was looking up to see workers busily on the job at the new Vicino apartments project at Fourth and Congress. After all, it was Thanksgiving Day.

Perhaps, like the runners, they were just working up an appetite.

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