As so often happens when a business pulls out of a large space, that area eventually becomes home to more than simply one entity.
The former Sears Auto Center at the southwest corner of the Colonie Center shopping complex is the latest local example.
A chain restaurant called BJ's Brewhouse -- sure to cause some initial confusion with the nearby BJ's Wholesale Club to which it is not related -- will be created inside the 28,000 square foot footprint.
The same sort of transition -- from auto repair center to restaurant -- is being worked on at two former auto centers in Maryland by parent company Seritage Growth Properties, which also owns the Sears store at Colonie Center.
The BJ's Brewhouse chain has locations in 22 states, but the Colonie venue will be only the second in New York State. The other is in Nanuet, Rockland County.
Its drinks menu lists 11 "always on tap" beers, plus a lineup of other year-round and seasonal brews; a variety of standard spirits, and a line of house-brand soft drinks. The beer program is overseen by Cornell University grad Alex Puchner, who carries the title of senior vice president of brewing operations. He has been with BJ's since its founding in 1996, after having brewed for the Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach breweries in California.
Foodwise, BJ's offers such beer-friendly dishes as deep dish pizzas, salads, sandwiches, pastas, steaks, baby back ribs, and shareable appetizers.