Druthers to open Schenectady location on Mohawk Harbor

SCHENECTADY -- Druthers Brewing will open a new location this summer on the waterfront of the Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady. The new location for the Capital Region brewery, which has brewpubs in Saratoga and Albany, is expected to open in July and will operate out of the main floor of the Riverhouse apartment complex off of Erie Boulevard. The business is the first tenant announced for the Mohawk Harbor site, outside of restaurants at Rivers Casino and Resort. "It just seemed like a really good fit,” Druthers CEO Chris Martell said. “Once we saw the waterfront location, we just imagined having a nice beer garden out on the waterfront.” The business will take up 8,000-square-feet of space and

Rivers Casino to open at noon on Feb. 8 in Schenectady

Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady will open at noon on Feb. 8, officials announced Wednesday. The facility’s gaming area, entertainment lounge and dining options will open to the public in two weeks, roughly one year after the casino hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking. Officials announced the grand opening date in November, but revealed Wednesday that visitors could enter the casino starting at noon. Rivers Casino and Resort is located on the Mohawk Harbor site along Erie Boulevard. The $330 million facility includes 1,150 slots, 67 gaming tables and a 15-table poker room. In addition, it will feature an entertainment lounge, a banquet hall, dining options and a spa. Read the full stor

Free trolley service coming to Schenectady

SCHENECTADY -- It's going to be free to take a trolley bus between downtown attractions like Proctors and the new Rivers Casino & Resort.​ A new Capital District Transportation Authority service will run between downtown Schenectady and the Rivers Casino, starting in late March, CDTA officials said Wednesday.​ The "Downtowner" service will provide free trips to the general public, while a separate universal access agreement will allow employees of the casino to ride CDTA buses for free, said CDTA CEO Carm Basile. Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority is organizing the underwriting of the shuttle service, at an estimated cost of $125,000 per year. The casino will pay for the access agre

New Schenectady casino expects crowds on opening day

When SugarHouse Casino opened in Philadelphia, the long line of gamblers included a man who had stood waiting at the front of the queue for more than 12 hours. At Rivers Casino in suburban Chicago, so many showed up on opening day that the gambling floor quickly hit its 3,600-person capacity, forcing officials to ask others to consider delaying their visit. Both casinos are owned by Rush Street Gaming, the same company that will open the $330 million Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady in about two weeks. There's no telling how many people will be there Feb. 8 when the doors open at noon, but Rush Street is confident of one thing: it will be a lot. Read the full article: here Photo By: A

Only on 6: Exclusive look inside luxury apartments at Schenectady casino site

CBS 6 was the first to get access to this new video aerial rendering that takes you inside Mohawk Harbor, the backyard for future tenants of The Riverhouse. Galesi Group President David Buicko brought CBS 6’s Anne McCloy inside the building for a first exclusive look at the luxury apartment building. “There’s nothing like it, think about it, the Capital Region hasn't taken advantage of its waterfronts, and this is one where we've taken advantage of the Mohawk River,” Buicko said. 206 units sit on top of retail and restaurant space, each one has a balcony, and residents get exclusive access to the waterfront pool. The apartments are the only places for rent on the casino property. “The views

200 Rivers Casino dealers graduate, ready for Feb. 8 opening

After 12 weeks of training on table games including blackjack, craps, baccarat, roulette, Asia poker and pai gow poker, 200 dealers graduated Wednesday in advance of the Feb. 8 opening of the Rivers Casino & Resort. The dealers ranged in age from their 20s to their 60s, equally divided between men and women. Each will work one of three around-the-clock shifts for minimum wage plus tips — a pay model similar to restaurant servers. Irregular hours and modest pay did not deter hundreds who initially applied for a dealer position or the 30 percent or so who washed out during three months of classes because their hands were too clumsy for shuffling, they lacked basic math aptitude or their attend