We stopped in at the former Jillian's building on Pearl Street in downtown Albany Monday to gawk at the re-animation in progress, including the new event venue upstairs.
Here's where things are at, along with a few pics...
Pearl Street Pub
Business partners Chris Pratt and Alessio Depoli are moving the Pearl Street Pub across Pearl Street to the the street level space in the 36,000-square-foot building 59 N. Pearl. (The building in which they had been leasing space on the other side of the street was shut by the city for code violations last week.) The soft opening for the pub space is this Tuesday. And Pratt said the restaurant will be rolling out a new menu in June. [Table Hopping]
The Upper Room
The new event space upstairs -- called The Upper Room, it has a separate entrance at the front of the building -- had a soft opening this past Saturday. And it will be hosting its first concert this Thursday: the rock band Dreamers.
"It's a national act, so it should be a good test for us," Pratt said Monday.
He said they're currently working with promoters to fill out the calendar for the space, which holds 300-400 people -- there's already a comedy show planned -- and they'll be releasing a schedule for the grand opening on June 9. Already planned are regular Friday and Saturday nights: a 25-and-over dance club on Friday ("very strict dress code" according to Pratt) and EDM on Saturdays. Pratt said they're expecting big crowds this weekend: "I think a lot of people want to come in and check it out."
The plan for the building also includes retail space along Steuben Street and apartments upstairs. Pratt said they already have a letter of intent for one of the retail spaces and are expecting a second soon. he said they're aiming to have the retail space in shape by the end of this year, and the apartments not far behind the retail.
There are a handful of quick pics above in large format -- click or scroll all the way up.
Pearl Street Pub and The Upper Room
59 N. Pearl Street
Albany, NY 12207
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