It may take another two months or so to finish repairs to Novak’s, the famous Hungarian restaurant in downtown Albany that was damaged by fire and smoke on Feb. 27.
How long before they reopen? That was the question put to me a couple of days ago. On Wednesday I talked to Karen Novak, a principal in the family enterprise.
The structural damage caused by the basement fire has been repaired, and the main issue now is the lingering smell of the thick smoke that permeated everything in the building, including the insulation in the ceiling and the bricks in the walls.
Pretty much everything has to be replaced or cleaned, and obviously this is no small thing. Things are looking up. The smell is a lot less now, Karen told me, but it has to be completely gone.
So when can we look forward to one of Novak’s trademark dishes? Karen Novak’s prediction: “Late July or August.” (hh)