The new Terra International Cuisine is many things– a raw bar, a vegan restaurant, a gourmet vegetarian restaurant, a pescetarian restaurant, a Kosher cafe–and all of them are new to Albany.
“It doesn’t exist anywhere else,” says Sonny Brar, Terra’s owner and operator. The restaurant opened in the former Townsend Park Bakery on Washington Avenue this winter, and held its official ribbon-cutting ceremony June 2.
The menu is devoted to international fare, with a focus on vegetarian cuisine and pescetarian, a diet that includes seafood, but not other kinds of animals. “Indian, South American, Italian, Chinese–we have flavors from all over the world,” says Brar.
The restaurant is near Central Avenue’s Townsend Park. Townsend Park has been the site of increased business development as of late. Last year, two new restaurants, Umana Restaurant and Wine Bar, and Flavors of India opened on the park. Parkside Apartments, a new upscale apartment building whose beautiful units face the park, opened with much fanfare and fully leased apartments last summer. Last July, Central Avenue BID announced that the National Association of Realtors had awarded a grant of $2,200
from the Greater Capital Chapter of New York State Commercial Realtors to install outdoor lighting in Townsend Park, moving the needle even further in the right direction and hopefully attracting additional investment.