Hanging at the Hudson River Coffee House

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The Hudson River Coffee Co.

Remember a while back, when we told you about The Hudson River Coffee House? Well the new coffee house in the basement of the old Hudson River Telephone Company opened about three weeks ago.

We spent a little time hanging out diligently working there this morning and grabbed a few photos of the pretty neat space.

Former UAlbany Student Anton Pasquil did most of the renovations on this old telephone switchboard building and the space is great -- exposed brick and pipe and industrial lighting.

And in spite of the fact that it's in the basement, the light is great (the windows are huge and plentiful.) It's a great space, but bring a sweater, it's a hair on the chilly side.

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With the students on break, things were quiet this morning, but Anton says things were hopping in the opening weeks. "We opened at the beginning of December, during finals. I did 200 % more business than I'd anticipated."

By mid-January (when the semester starts up again) you'll be able to get sandwiches with meats from Old World Provisions and Helmbold's hot dogs -- the ones that made Troy's Famous Lunch -- well -- famous. The coffee is locally roasted at Capital City Roasters in Castleton.

Here are a few more photos:

There's a chess board in he back
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And a few homages to the building's old use:

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And vintage fans they found in the building

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And of course, the vintage 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle video game. A few more new and vintage games are on the way.

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Comments

This place is GREAT! Gorgeous new use of a classy old building. Pine Hills needs more love like this.

It's a great space and the cappuccino is excellent!

I lost my marbles when I saw the game was still only a quarter! That and the hot chocolate was good.

Pine Hills should show some love to Anton now that the kids are away. Very positive vibes and good conversation from the young man. I sense some big things in his future. Looking forward to the outdoor seating on that sunny south side this spring.

This place looks awesome! Definitely need to check it out! Thanks for the pics. :-)

I had the opportunity to play Irish Traditional music in January at Hudson River. Anton is a genuinely nice person, and the venue is very classy. Great sandwiches, great coffee in a unique building.
A+++ all around.

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