Ralph Spillenger, the owner of Jillian's in Albany, tells the Times Union he's closing the restaurant/club August 11. (The business has been up for sale.) Spillenger's apparently not a huge fan of downtown Albany at the moment -- he said in a Facebook comment this weekend: "It's been a hellish 5 years of bad luck for me but the real story is the incredible neglect the city has shown the theater district. It needs to be told." Jillian's had been booking some good shows now and then -- it will be interesting to see where/if those end up in the area now. [TU] [Biz Review] [Ralph Spillenger Facebook]
Update: In a follow up by Steve Barnes, other bar/restaurant owners along the Pearl Street strip says business has been slow this summer. [TU]
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