About Christel and Colin MacLean...
No stranger to the restaurant scene in Saratoga Springs, Christel came from NYC in 1993 after a 10 year career on Wall Street to purchase the legendary Hattie's Restaurant. Hand picked by Hattie herself as successor of the business, Christel enjoyed the challenges of growing the business while at the same time keeping the integrity of the hallowed fried chicken institution. In December 1996 Christel met Colin at an art gallery opening in NYC. Within a few months, Colin made the move to Saratoga Springs where he joined Christel in running Hattie's and brought his unique design talents and culinary industry experience to the mix. In addition to working in NYC for 10 years as an actor and theatrical producer, Colin spent 10 years working for Glorious Food, the preeminent NYC based catering company that invented the concept of high end catering. It was with Glorious Food, the Chef Jean Claude Nedelec and owner Sean Driscoll that Colin developed his eye for detail.
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Together Christel and Colin grew Hattie's, achieving national success noted by multiple appearances on the Food Network with Bobby Flay (Food Nation), Gale Gand (Sweet Dreams), A&E and PBS. In addition to numerous local features in the Saratogian, Times Union and Daily Gazette, the couple was also mentioned in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post; and featured in Bon Appetit, as well as the August 2000 issue of Food & Wine magazine.
After 8 years of fun and stellar growth at Hattie's, Christel and Colin sold the restaurant in 2001 to its current owners and moved back to NYC where a business opportunity had arisen. However in 2004, with a home still in Saratoga and a new baby, the couple missed Saratoga and also sensed a need for an untapped niche in the local restaurant landscape and so returned to open their original concept restaurant, Circus Café. Circus Café is a key component of Saratoga's vibrant downtown restaurant and entertainment scene, catering to "children of all ages" with great food and drink, that segues seamlessly from lunch, to dinner, to late night fun. With Circus Café thriving, Christel and Colin knew it was time for another creative business project. They looked at a number of possibilities and when, through their real estate company, Realty Saratoga, they landed the listing to sell the historic Sperry's Restaurant, an opportunity beckoned. Sperry's has been a Saratoga Tradition since 1932, known for its ability to attract locals, tourists, horse industry professionals and celebrities alike with its fine food and convivial atmosphere. Christel and Colin, along with their investor group, purchased the business in late June and re-launched Sperry's on July 14, 2010. Local and far flung support for the project was instantaneous. In addition to incorporating their hands-on management style, extensive upgrades to the kitchen, and classical refurbishment of the dining rooms and patio, Christel and Colin felt that excellent food would be the key to bringing Sperry's back. Check back for updates about us.
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