A New Concert Venue Opening in Downtown Albany?

Chris Pratt and Alessio Depoli – who currently own Pearl Street Pub and the Barrel Saloon, both in downtown Albany – are hoping to open an 800-to-900 capacity concert hall in Albany.

Here’s the low-down from Steve Barnes at The Times Union’s Table Hopping blog:

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“Pratt and partners have signed a letter of intent to open an 800- to 900-person music venue in Albany’s warehouse district. The empty warehouse at 28 Thatcher St., essentially across Broadway from The Barrel Saloon [which they also own], is approximately 9,500 square feet, according to a listing on the agenda for a [Wednesday] March 13 hearing of the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals, which would need to grant a variance in order for the venue to open. Pratt tells me he hopes to showcase rock, alt-rock and country bands and perhaps comedy. He compares the model to Upstate Concert Hall (formerly Northern Lights) in Clifton Park, Club Helsinki in Hudson and the former Saratoga Winners in Latham. Because the venue would be open only for shows, starting 90 minutes before curtain time and closing an hour afterward, Pratt says it would complement, not compete with, bars and restaurants in the warehouse district. Similarly, he believes a music venue would not receive the vociferous neighborhood opposition that arose when the nightclub Sneaky Pete’s proposed relocating to the warehouse district and resulted in the city blocking the move in fall 2011.”

Here’s the item listing on the agenda for the Albany Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday, March 13:

CITY OF ALBANY
DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENT & PLANNING
BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
AGENDA
City Hall, 2nd Floor
Common Council Chambers
(unless otherwise announced on the City’s website)
5:30 pm
8. Case # 3-13, 4086
The case of 28 Thatcher, LLC regarding the premises located at 28 Thacher Street AKA 927 Broadway requesting a Use Variance pursuant to §375-26 and §375-75A of the City of Albany Zoning Ordinance to allow for the establishment of a concert hall (auditoria) / tavern in a +/- 9,500 square foot commercial warehouse space. The proposed concert hall (auditoria) / tavern is not a permitted use in the C-M Light Industrial zoning district.

3 Responses to “A New Concert Venue Opening in Downtown Albany?”

  1. RAY says:

    i think its fantastic bring it on

  2. linda lou says:

    Finally a replacement for Revolution Hall, and support for live music! I support this 500%! I do not like Clifton Park’s venue for music, the sound and layout are pitiful. We need something in Albany, designed and procured in the way that will attract music acts and an audience! Hoping parking will be easier than the heart of DT Albany!

    Thankfully Chris Pratt and his partners see an opportunity!! Albany needs something to support the many great bands and musicians that draw a crowd between 500 and 1000 people but want a “club” atmosphere instead of the theater atmosphere like the Egg. We need a JB Scotts for the millenium! Valentines, Bayou, Red Square are too small for some acts. It was a great loss when Rev. Hall shut its doors and that was even busting at the seams when 400+ people were in there. Having a concert venue in North Albany will only support the bars and restaurants growing in that district. People need to eat and drink before and after a show!

  3. oates77 says:

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

    Its a hard business with the costs of insurance, acts, good security, promotions, etc.

    Northern Lights does a great job with the variety of styles, but there is a reason (or many) why there are no others in the area that size.

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