The Rocket's second launch reunites employees after 11 years

The Rocket's second launch reunites employees after 11 years./ Credit: Alexandria Ikomoni

The Rocket 2.0 opened its doors last November, but if you lived in Albany for years, you know that the hot spot is simply returning.

The burgers, shakes, and fries are back, but after 11 years, a few employees feel back at home.

If you’ve been to the Rocket, you know just how it goes. Get your menu, find a seat, figure out what you want, order, then wait for your taste buds to leave this galaxy. The chefs help make that experience happen.

"What can I say?” Rodrick Curry, employee, said. “I love cooking."

For four employees, working at The Rocket 2.0 has been a reunion.

"It was great seeing them again and duplicating what we didn't get to finish the first time,” Anthony Jackson, employee, said.

After The Rocket shut down 11 years ago because of financial troubles, they couldn't wait to come back when the new place was taking off.

Anthony is no rookie behind the grill. He's been in the food business for 25 years.

"This is all I know,” Anthony said. “It started in my grandma's kitchen, and I've taken it from there. I have a passion for cooking, and love cooking."

Working with what he calls a second family is a blast every time.

"It's great,” he said. “I look forward to coming to work every morning. When you have a job that you look forward to going, and you don't mind going, it makes it even more worthwhile."

Just like any rocket ship, it's a team effort.

"We understand each other's personalities and attitudes, and we don't mind going the extra mile when the other person needs help,” Anthony said.

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