Here’s an interesting post from Steve Barnes’ Table Hopping blog:
Chris Pratt, who co-owns multiple bars in Albany, including two on North Pearl Street, tells me he is interested in opening a music venue at 69 North Pearl St. The space is the former home of Buddha Tea House, which yesterday had its liquor license canceled by the State Liquor Authority to satisfy charges filed after three altercations at the club earlier this year.
While this is all extremely preliminary, Pratt says would like to gauge public interest in a music venue similar to Upstate Concert Hall (the former Northern Lights) in Clifton Park Helsinki, Hudson in Hudson and Vapor in Saratoga Springs. This would be a place to see live music or comedy, not a nightclub or restaurant, which Pratt hopes will make the city most receptive to the idea. Pratt says he has yet to hear back from Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s office about whether he should pursue it. (He previously wanted to open a music venue in Albany’s warehouse district but couldn’t get zoning approval; 69 North Pearl already has the necessary zoning, though a cabaret license would be needed.)
GO HERE to add your voice to a poll indicating how often you would patronize a new live music venue in downtown Albany…