Saratoga Shorts: A Balmy Christmas Eve in the Spa City; Second New Restaurant in Two Days Targets Saratoga 2016 Opening

And the long-range forecast for Christmas Eve in Saratoga Springs is…a balmy 61 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Weather Channel. Nearly one-half billion Saratoga National Historical Park quarters have been produced for circulation, according to Coin News. The numbers had not been previously available. Saratoga quarters entered circulation last month with a launch ceremony at the Schuylerville High School, which sits atop grounds where Gen. John Burgoyne’s troops had camped out in the days leading to their surrender at present-day Fort Hardy Park. The “sword surrender” depicted on the Saratoga quarter actually took place just south of the park, on Route 4.

The inauguration of City Council members and supervisors will take place New Year’s Day in a 1 p.m. ceremony to be staged at the Canfield Casino.

More Meat for Spa City: Hot on the heels of Monday’s announcement that a Morton’s The Steakhouse chain restaurant is slated to open in June at Saratoga Casino & Raceway, an upscale steakhouse called Salt & Char will stage its own opening in the spring at the former Maestro’s space at the Van Dam hotel, reports Steve Barnes on his Times Union food gossip blog.

Hoping to garner an increase in off-season ticket sales, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center box office will open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to2 p.m. The organization says available for sale on the one-day-only event will be tickets to SPAC’s 10 Holiday Collection programs, Live Nation concert tickets, SPAC gift certificates, SPAC memberships, seat plaques, and $50 for 50 donation opportunities.