Bread and Jam to close

bread and jam hearts aligned 2009

From a show in 2009. Bread and Jam always seemed like a warm place.

From a post this afternoon on the Facebook page for Bread and Jam, the coffehouse/cafe/performance space on Remsen Street in downtown Cohoes:

It is with the most profound sadness in my heart that we must announce to all of you that after two years of great food, drink, and music that Bread and Jam will be closing its doors permanently this Friday September 3rd. The past two years have been nothing short of a dream f...or me. Being a longtime musician, I always wanted to own my own music venue, and I was able to do that. I can never express in words what the friendships and experiences have meant to me here, and the fact that all of you got a chance to share that dream with me. My staff has always been there for me like family, going above and beyond anything I could expect from them. The musicians from all over the country have shared stories, and their great craft in our fine little space. But most of all there is no way I can ever thank our customers enough. Each of you believed in Bread and Jam enough to spend your hard earned money on a regular basis here, and make my dreams come true. Cohoes is a beautiful place with wonderful potential, and great people.

There's more at the page from owner Sal Prizio, who writes the cafe "finally ran into a financial wall that I just wasn't able to hurdle." Another message says the cafe's final day will be this Friday. "And yes, I will be hosting one more open mic this Thursday at 8pm."

Prizio was recently featured in the TU. When asked how the business was going, he replied:

We're hanging in there. It's a lot tougher than I thought it was going to be. I was under this perception that I was going to open this cool place, and everybody was just going to flock to it. And that's just not the reality.

We're sorry to see Bread and Jam go. It's a friendly, warm place and it had become a good spot for music.

Earlier on AOA: Remsen Street in Cohoes

(Thanks, Lou)

photo: Bryan Thomas

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Comments

So very sad!

This is really a shame. I was just there for a concert. A great, intimate, venue, with great food to boot! I'll be sad to see it go.

I work right next door, and it's about the only place around here that you can get a hearty, healthy meal that is not mass-produced, pre-frozen garbage.

Total bummer...

First Rev Hall, now Bread and Jam... local music venues near and dear to my heart are dropping like flies... maybe Albany is dying.

*Yes, I suppose Rev Hall still has some music, but not the kinds of bands I used to see there.

This is sad news. I liked that place. They served coffee, baked goods, and beer.

I spent one work day--a Saturday afternoon that I was on blog posting duty--at Bread and Jam. It felt odd, since I was the only customer, but I liked it. The main osbtacle for me was finding myself in Cohoes. I only go there to visit BeauKnits, which has limited hours that don't match up well with my schedule.

When will hipsters realize that spending 100k plus to open up ANOTHER place to buy COFFEE is not a good business model? Then they try to guilt everyone for not patronizing their venue enough... as if by not wanting to hang around with pretentious douchebags paying too much for 40 varieties of tea we somehow fail society and the arts.

Here's a tip: not everyone share your hippie ideal of one day finding a place to sip Arabica for 3 hours a day.

@Dove I can't help but wonder if you ever even walked inside Bread & Jam before - it doesn't sound like it.

As a Cohoes resident, I will be very sorry to see it go...it was an important element of the recent revival of downtown and I will miss it a lot.

How unfortunate that I live less than 5 miles away and have never heard of the place? Maybe I live under a rock, but maybe some more effective advertising would have helped...

It sounds like it would have been a great place for me and the BF to get a bite to eat and listen to live music...

This is truly sad. It's almost two years to the day that the Times Union published an article about Bread & Jam opening and the Cohoes revitalization in general. I was looking to move out of my apartment at the time, and without that article I probably wouldn't have thought about moving to Cohoes.

Perhaps there was more to the story than money.

Perhaps it was more about stability, not working 80 hrs a week, and family?

Nippertown reports that Sal is the new head programmer at the Massry Center at St. Rose. A good move for all involved, if you ask me.

http://www.nippertown.com/2010/09/07/sal-prizio-heads-to-st-roses-massry-center

Nooooo!!!! I can't believe Bread and Jam is gone! My boyfriend's parents asked only for a few pounds of their delicious house coffee for Christmas, and now we're going to be breaking their hearts!
They live nearly 2 hours away, and when visiting always made sure to drop into their favorite little coffee shop on Remsen.
We are local fans who enjoyed the tasty treats and awesome music that this adorable little venue offered and are so sad to hear of it's close!
Please, if they do come back- in any way -shape- or form, please post on here.
Dear owners, if you're reading, we *promise* to be (better) regular patrons! Please come back!!
In all seriousness, we wish you the best of luck~ and thank you for your beautiful and artistic addition to the city of Cohoes.

I discovered this weekend that Bread and Jam has been resurrected as More Bread and Jam. Same location, same look and feel and regu
Ar musical entertainment including a Jazz Brunch on Sunday morning. Stop in and visit. They've been open for about a month or so.

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