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Take a Break: Schenectady man's slice of Vegas

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

It's another busy night at Randy Loren's Dolce Vita.

The Schenectady Italian restaurant is enjoying it's new home
at 1727 State Street, after moving from a smaller location just up the

For owner Randy Loren, Dolce Vita is the realization of a
lifelong dream.

"I knew all my life what I wanted to be," says Randy.

No, not a restauranteur.

Randy wanted to be a musician.

When randy built the new restaurant, he made sure it
included a Vegas style showroom where he performs several nights a week.

"Through the 70s, I worked Vegas."

After spending his childhood serenading Schenectadians in Italian, Randy and his sister, his booking agent, hit the road.

"I got picked up by a production company," he recalls, "and started
doing more recordings in Detroit. I recorded at Aretha Franklins' studios

Randy was on his way, even making a few music videos in
the 80s.

The record label asked randy to spend 3 years abroad, to
build an international audience. But he declined because of family reasons, and the label "pulled the plug".

Randy owned a collection of restaurants in Florida and
continued performing. But when his marriage fell apart, and his health began to
fail, he knew it was time to come home.

"I decided to create my own venue."

Randy and a relative completely renovated the new Dolce Vita
by themselves, and Randy's pride in it's appearance is matched only by his
pride it's menu. 

The stage at Dolce Vita regularly welcomes well known local
acts, but more often, you'll see Randy tickling the ivories of his white
baby grand, singing to diners, and enjoying a little slice of Vegas in the
electric city.

"Because I'm still chasing that dream," Randy admits.  "That's what I tell
people. Never give up. I will never give up till my last breath, and I hope its on
the stage."

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Take a Break: Schenectady man's slice of Vegas

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