Week drew nearly 14,000
S C H E N E CTA DY — Schenectady Restaurant Week was declared a success, with at estimated 13,860 meals served and a roughly $463,000 economic impact.
The Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation on Friday announced results of the 13th edition of the annual event, in which area restaurants offer a multicourse meal for $25 as a way to boost business in the doldrums of winter and boost awareness of the Schenectady restaurant community.
Chamber of Schenectady County CEO Mark Eagan said in a news release that the average amount spent per diner before tax and tip was $33.42, significantly more than the $25 promotional price and slightly more than the per-person total in 2017.
The tally of 13,860 meals served during the Feb. 26-March 4 promotion was nearly 2,000 higher than 2017, he added.
In the same news release, DSIC Executive Director Jim Salengo said: “This year, 35 percent of guests were from outside of Schenectady County, up from 34 percent last year, and 40 percent were trying a restaurant for the first time, up from 37 percent in 2017.
“In addition, the DSIC’s website received nearly 15,000 page views during the promotion, 79 percent of which were new visitors to the site. These numbers show that Schenectady Restaurant Week continues to generate new interest and participation in Schenectady’s burgeoning dining scene.”
Albany tech firm is acquired
ALBANY — Linium LLC, an Albany-based digital business services provider, has agreed to be acquired by a custom software development company.
Linium and Ness Digital Engineering announced the deal this week and expect it to close soon. New Jersey-based Ness, a portfolio company of asset management firm The Rohatyn Group, said the combination would extend its capabilities in digital operations and business process management and automation.
Ness CEO Paul Lombardo said in a news release: “Organizations are under tremendous pressure to be more agile and efficient in their operations, and Linium is highly regarded for its expertise in strategic business process consulting and helping clients use technologies to transform business processes.”
Linium, which has landed on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing privately held companies the last six years in a row, has an Albany headquarters and a New York City office. It had 2016 revenue of $107.2 million and 727 employees.
After the acquisition, it will maintain its name but become a “Ness Digital Engineering Company.” Its employees will continue to work out of their current locations.
Linium CEO Joe Burke will become president of Ness Digital Engineering, North America, reporting to Lombardo.