Whistling Kettle Schenectady

By kborowsky December 9th, 2018


Read our official press release below. Please visit this page for developments, pictures and updates!

Update 1/8/2019

Demolition has started! So far so good. We are trying to reclaim the original tin ceilings, although some were damaged by fire many decades ago. Our meeting with the planning board is this week for our floor plan and front. We'll reveal some of that soon!

Update : 12/27/2018

As we get close to the new year we hope to start demolition work shortly on the new space. As with any construction project there are a lot of details that need to be in order before work can commence. Once we start swinging hammers we will post pictures!

Great article by the Troy Record!


Press Release

Schenectady, NY 12/10/18 - The Whistling Kettle today announced plans to open a new location of their tea themed retail and restaurant concept in the heart of downtown Schenectady. With plans currently estimated for a spring-2019 opening, the new Whistling Kettle will be located at 138 Jay street, the pedestrian only portion of the street already home to many small businesses and just a few steps away from Proctors Theater.

Kevin and Meahgan Borowsky, the principles of the Whistling Kettle, chose Schenectady because of the many positive developments associated with the revitalization of downtown. The couple also partnered with Schenectady Metroplex to help address challenges with the location, which has been vacant since 2002. "This was a project over a year in the making, with numerous delays and difficulties that had to be resolved in order to move forward. We are grateful to Metroplex who recognized our vision of the property and helped us to overcome the particular challenges associated with it.", Kevin Borowsky said.

The new location will feature the same menu and tea selection as the other locations.

"We are excited to create a unique design that will fit in with the rest of downtown but keeps the comfortable and inviting aspects that are a signature element of the Whistling Kettle experience. Each location has its own distinctive feel and personality - but in the end we strive to provide the same quality experience across all locations, and to promote our slow-down-and-drink-tea philosophy" says Meahgan Borowsky

For further information and updates on the project - please visit