SCHENECTADY Tired of turkey on a recent weeknight, we trotted over to the Stockade Home Market — the new name for the venerable Arthur’s Market at the Indian circle — and enjoyed a light supper in the newly opened convenience store and deli.
The place is operated by cousins Maein Nagi and Jaber Mohammed, two engaging and hardworking young immigrants from Yemen. Besides the usual convenience store stock, they offer breakfast, lunch and dinner items for customers who might choose to dine at the handful of tables there or take their food home with them.
You can also get a hot cup of coffee, tea or cappuccino or a cool beverage whenever the market is open. Our impression is that the place is quickly becoming a hub where neighbors meet to eat and converse on topics from the neighborhood and beyond — just as they once did when it was Arthur’s.
The last incarnation of Arthur’s closed in August 2010, and the reopening of the store under new management in October had been eagerly awaited by many in the neighborhood who disliked the idea of the historic building sitting empty and unused right in the heart of the Stockade.
Stockade Home Market
WHERE: 35 N. Ferry St., Schenectady. 372-3039
WHEN: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. every day
OTHER INFO: All major credit cards accepted; deli offers food for dining in or takeout for breakfast, lunch and dinner
If you’re looking for a quick bite — and aren’t we all during the busy holiday season? — the market offers a variety of breakfast sandwiches: eggs, bacon, cheese, turkey patties, sausage and the like, as well as fresh muffins, croissants and cookies.
There’s a soup of day, available in small and large, and there’s hot food — like chicken wings, grilled sandwiches, French fries and cheeseburgers, among other things.
You can also choose a deli sandwich — six-inch or 12-inch subs — and name your innards, all Boar’s Head brand cold cuts that include roast beef, pastrami, beef bologna, beef salami, Buffalo chicken, honey turkey, Salsalito turkey (turkey with spicy salsa coating), and other varieties of turkey.
Additions include the standards: American cheese, provolone, mozzarella, Swiss, banana peppers, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, cucumbers, green peppers, horseradish sauce, Thousand Island dressing, honey mustard, deli-style mustard and oil.
The sandwiches are made to order, and you can watch them being assembled, as I did.
Perhaps the best part of your visit — aside from the friendly service — will be the price.
Beverly and I each ordered a six-inch sub and a cold drink, and we shared a large container of chili and a bag of nacho chips, as well as some chicken wings, and the total cost with tax and tip came to only $20.
The food was better than I would expect from a convenience store, no doubt in large measure to the freshness of the ingredients. The veggies on our sandwiches — lettuce, tomatoes and banana peppers — were as crispy as fresh picked. The wings, while good enough, could have been a bit spicier for my taste, but that’s a minor grievance.
The Stockade Home Market is only in its infancy, but Nagi and Mohammed are clearly doing their best to impress.
We’re expecting good things as their business matures, including the possibility of an expanded menu and perhaps some ethnic goodies.
Arthur’s Market, run from 1952 to 2003 by Arthur Polachek and his son Peter, was an institution in the Stockade, the place where residents got their morning coffee and their news of what was happening in the neighborhood and beyond. So the current operators of the market may choose to call it anything they want. For most residents of the neighborhood, it will always be “Arthur’s.”