The electric city has a new spark.
The sensible-yet-daring Daley’s on Yates restaurant in downtown Schenectady is an avant-garde accomplishment that ignites the imagination.
Breakthrough the Banal
Situated in the metropolitan setting that sparked the creative talents of inventor Thomas Edison to start what would become the General Electric Company, and where George Westinghouse’s engine drove us into the future, Daley’s on Yates is forward-
looking space charged with unconventional charm.
“We wanted to steer the wheel away from what everyone else
is doing,” said Stephanie Pettit, Marketing and Development Director for the Daley Hospitality Group.
The former site of a taxi cab garage, Daley’s on Yates is like the city itself -
a juxtaposition of gritty and glam.
The 1950s were a period of positivity and possibilities, which is why mid-century
modern décor is an ingenious choice to fill the industrial space.
“Mid-century is the perfect backdrop to show off the integrity of the unexpected
details. It’s that whole era in this raw space. We wanted people to say, ‘Wow! They turned this warehouse into a great, glamorous place’,” said Pettit.
Delicious textures and colors, like deep blue velvet booths, black leather chairs, rich red brick walls, and sturdy wood ceiling beams warm the stark concrete architecture of the structure. Statement-making hexagons add a graphic element and a consistent theme on the walls and through to the interesting Italian floor tile. Bare-bulb bubble-light chandeliers leave an indelible impression in the mellow 5,000 sq. ft. dining area that seats 140 people with another 20 seats available at the bar.
The glass garage doors open to a private, tree-lined patio, where 60 to 80 additional guests can drink at the outdoor bar, dine under the market umbrellas, or lounge on the four sectional sofas surrounding four blazing fire pits.
Hip for Happenings
The triumphant revitalization of the building led to Daley’s on Yates being honored with the Schenectady Heritage Foundation’s award for excellence in historic preservation.This has created the ideal industrial-chic atmosphere for relishing their sophisticated selection of food and drinks. Prepared by veteran chef Zach Simard, the restaurant is open to the public for dinner Wednesday through Saturday and for private events Sunday through Tuesday.
“Daley’s on Yates has its own personal flair – unique to its space – and so do the events that take place there. It’s a great place to have a wedding; there’s nothing else like it around here,” said Pettit.
With ample parking nearby, custom quotes can be created for a whole host of hip events. A non-wedding event could be booked within a week, while many dates are still open for Sunday weddings, as well.
Their basic wedding package includes a premium open bar (and their mixologist’s signature cocktails), an appetizer hour, a robust selection of plated and/or food station and dessert items, a modest cutting cake, and more.
Clothing & Accessories
Saratoga Elegance, Jonathan Reid
Daley's on Yates
Audrey Simard of Old Daley Custom Catering
Poppytree Floral Design
Hair & Make Up
Lauren Trudeau, Angela Barnes, Mia Mangino and Osman of True Beauty Company