What's up at The Larkin?

The_Larkin.jpgRemember The Larkin? Yeah, that great place next to Elda's on Lark Street with the old
school booths and bar and the great little music space upstairs. Downtown residents have
been missing this favorite neighborhood joint for nearly five years. Meanwhile, the building at 199 Lark has been vacant. But maybe not for much longer.

A company called Buffalo Wagon Pan Asian Cuisine LLC has filed it's intent to apply for a license to sell wine and beer at 199 Lark Street with the Albany City Clerk.

So far no one's officially applied to reopen the place, but an attorney for Buffalo Wagon Pan Asian Cuisine LLC confirmed that they are seeking the license and have plans to open an Asian restaurant. Sounds promising, though we're hoping "pan Asian" works a little better than "pan Australian".


Pan American sounds tasty --- or perhaps Pan-Grilled Cheese --- nummy

Well, it would be nice to see something in the Larkin, but lets not forget Thomas Wolfe's lesson: just as there is no going home again, there will be no Larkin again.... First, its been empty way too long to have music ever, (lost the grandfathering) and well to put it mildly, there has to be a whole lot of cleaning before this sushi lover will ever eat in there regardless of the cuisine... and I loved the food served at the Larkin... in all its iterations.... from fried oysters to So's specialities... he was the best...
although I dont know how he spelled his name... wonder where he went?

Oh H.R... we miss So too. Last time we saw him he was the chef at Ogden's. That was three years ago. About six months later it closed. If anyone can tell us where he is, we'll buy dinner!

After Ogden's he went to Century House in Latham. That was 2 years or so ago. BTW, his full name is Serigne Sow.

CONFIRMED! We checked with the Century House and Sow is indeed working his magic in their kitchen. Thanks for the tip John. H.R.-- Bon appetit.

The rumor I keep hearing about the old Larkin space is that a New York City style lounge and restaurant is planning to open there, possibly by Larkfest. I hope this is true, and not the asian food thing, cause someplace cool like that would be a much better fit for the neighborhood.

What has happened to the Maxfield
Parrish mural from Farnham's Restaurant? When Farnham's closed it was moved to Larkin.

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