The space left empty at 84 Henry St. by Tiznow’s September departure will now be filled by the Merry Monk restaurant and bar. The menu offers authentic Belgian cuisine, from wild boar ribs to mussels and frites. The Belgian beer includes Monk’s Stout, McChouffe, and Biere du Soleil.
Saratoga Springs is the second location for the Merry Monk’s Albany-based owners, Jeremy O’Brien and Joe Gorman, who have been operating on 90 North Pearl St. for nearly a year. There, Chef Daniel Miller blends traditional Belgian cuisine with American fare.
The new Merry Monk will be adjacent to the Henry Street Taproom, which opened last month in Virgil’s former space. The taproom sells American boutique beer, and its menu is international as well as American, so the two restaurants may garner different tavern-goers.
The Merry Monk’s opening date depends of the granting of a liquor license, but could take place by the end of the year.