THE STARS IN ALIGNMENT FOR SIRO'S

New owners include actors, designers, horsemen and the publisher of the New York Post

LEIGH HORNBECK STAFF WRITER
Section: Business,  Page: D1

Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2010

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Siro's Restaurant, the trackside destination for cocktails and upscale dining after a day at the races, now has famous owners as well as famous clientele.


Keith Kantrowitz, the president of Power Express Mortgage and the newly formed Racing Restaurants of America, announced Monday he and a group of investors are the new owners of the Saratoga landmark.


Paul Carlucci, publisher of the New York Post, and Steven Schoenfeld of MPS Global Securities will join Kantrowitz as managing partners. Other investors include Kevin Connolly and Kevin Dillon of the HBO series "Entourage;" Dr. Keith Ablow of Fox News; trainer Dallas Stewart; jockey John Velazquez; Terry Finley and Josh Cooper of West Point Thoroughbreds; Francisco Costa, head designer of Calvin Klein; Andrew Rosen, horseman and CEO of the clothing design company Theory; photographer George Kalinsky; and horsemen John DeStefano and John Kelly.


Kantrowitz said all the investors are people he or one of the other two managing partners have personal relationships with. Previous owner Tom Dillon, a chef, will be back in the kitchen and general manager Michael Stone will also return.


"We believe a base of local people is the core of our success ... Siro's is seen as a six-week place where people come and go, but we want to bring people from the community into the place," Kantrowitz said.


When the meet ends Sept. 6, Siro's will remain open on weekends through October. Under the rules of the Institutional Horse Track Related District, which includes Siro's location at the end of Lincoln Avenue, the restaurant may open 90 days a year; 30 days must be within the racing meet.


Kantrowitz said he is a Siro's regular, owns a piece of a sports-themed restaurant in Manhattan and belongs to a group that owns race horses. When he heard Dillon was looking to sell Siro's, he put together the investment group. He will bring a new focus on local people, Kantrowitz said.


The staff will offer a Sunday brunch. Kantrowitz also mentioned the entertainers he's booked, including Maxine Nightingale, Jersey Boys, Lisa Lisa and tribute bands that play music by Elvis, the Beatles and Bruce Springsteen.


On Tuesdays, people who show identification listing a local address will get a 20 percent discount. The price of beer in the Backyard has also been cut by 50 cents -- $4 domestic, $5 imported.


Food will be served in the Backyard. Kantrowitz said he's bringing in the Pastrami Queen of New York City fame and added seating.


A soft opening is scheduled for Wednesday night, followed by the Siro's Cup charity event on Thursday. The Saratoga Race Course opens Friday.





PULLOUT:


When the meet ends Sept. 6, Siro's will remain open on weekends through October. Under the rules of the Institutional Horse Track Related District, which includes Siro's location at the end of Lincoln Avenue, the restaurant may open 90 days a year; 30 days must be within the racing meet.