Interesting: Chris Pratt, one of the owners of the Barrel Saloon and the Pearl Street Pub, has applied for a zoning variance to turn a warehouse at 28 Thatcher Street in North Albany, just off Broadway, into a music venue. From the application:
... This venue will hold live concerts for local and national acts such as Country Music acts, Rock Music, Bluegrass, and many other various styles of music and entertainment. The venue will only open for such shows and close no later than an hour afterwards. The hours of operation depend on the start times of shows and duration. The front of the space, see attached floor plan, will have a bar area where patrons can purchase beer, wine, and liquor. All events will be fully staffed with security and will follow all SLA requirements for on-premise alcohol consumption.
At this time there are six restaurants/bars in close proximity. This area has grown in the past two years to become more of an entertainment district. This venue will only enhance and compliment that.
The business model we will be using is that of the Helsinki Music Venue, located in Hudson NY or the Upstate Concert Hall, Located in Clifton park NY. This is a live music venue that will accommodate national up and coming acts that might be too large to play a local bar establishment but too small to the play the Palace Theater. The capacity will be somewhere between 700 to 800 people depending on city code.
That capacity would put this venue somewhere between Upstate Concert Hall (about 1000) and The Egg's Swyer Theater (450). It'd be a bit bigger than Revolution Hall (500, though it doesn't host concerts any longer).
Steve Barnes talked with Pratt about the plan (and a plan for a new lounge on Pearl Street) -- and touched on the denial of Sneaky Pete's application for a night club space in the neighborhood a few years back.
The application is on the agenda for the March 13 Albany BZA meeting.
proposed music venue
28 Thatcher Street
Albany, NY 12207
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