More big businesses are making their way to the Capital Region and Thursday, the national Dave & Buster's food chain opened its doors. The restaurant is one of many new businesses setting up shop here. But why now? YNN's Jessica Chen explains.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- You've got the drinks, the food and the state of the art games. This 'Eat Drink Play' formula has allowed Dave & Buster’s to successfully open up dozens of restaurants around the country. And for the first time ever, here in Albany too.
"It shows the Capital Region is on a map that we haven’t been on before," said Mark Eagan, President of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce.
D&B's Regional Operations Director, Gary Passardi, said Albany has what many big businesses are looking for.
"Young adults are a big part of our business. Families are a big part of our business. Stable, local community all seem to be here," Passardi said.
And just a few miles away, another large chain common in bigger cities is calling Albany home.
"We look for a great community. We look for people who want the opportunity to eat out. We look for a place with businesses around it and I think here on Wolf Road, you couldn’t find a better spot in this area," said Richard Dynes, Texas Roadhouse's Managing Partner.
This boom in big named businesses started in the last 15 years said Eagan.
"When people thought of Albany, they thought of state government, they thought of health care, they thought of higher education. Well today, we’ve built on some of our assets," he said.
And moving forward, residents in the Capital Region can expect more of such businesses to come. Whole Foods Market in the Colonie Center and the return of Lord and Taylor at the Crossgates Mall are expected to open in 2014.
"Our education levels are increasing and our income levels are increasing and that’s why companies are investing here," said Eagan.
Investing in big business, not just fun and games.