Picture this: the morning sun hits a vintage vinyl banquette perfectly, its green sequins shimmering under the front glass. Grab up to 11 of your best friends and fill the booth for breakfast at 8 a.m. or late-night snacks at 2 a.m. It was Naughter’s, named after owner John Naughter, a veteran of Troy restaurants including The Shop and Burrito Burrito, Wizard Albany and its pandemic pop-up, Industry Eggplant, that he ran out of Burrito Burrito.
Addressing a late-night crowd at Industry Eggplant, Naughter offered a vegan menu and spawned a new standard: the Industry Eggplant sandwich, featuring fried eggplant, cherry peppers, roasted red peppers, iceberg lettuce and a hash brown piled on a bun with a smear of pesto mayonnaise. If that didn’t hit after midnight, followed by a burnt half of grapefruit, when your only options were pizza or Bob’s Diner, you just hadn’t figured out how to live.