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A look around the new Cafe Madison

Cafe Madison North Albany interior

The new Cafe Madison location on Northern Boulevard in Albany opened this week. It's now open 7 am to 3 pm, seven days a week.

It's the second location for the popular breakfast/lunch cafe, a follow-up to its longtime spot on Madison Ave in Pine Hills. The new restaurant occupies one end of the Loudon Plaza strip mall across from Albany Memorial Hospital. It has big windows, a long bar up front, and a brightly decorated interior designed by Jessica Evans. (She also designed Ama Cocina in downtown Albany.)

"This space allows us to do a little more behind the bar, including cold-pressed juices, but it's pretty much same [as the other Cafe Madison]," said Brian Viglucci, the managing partner of BMT Hospitality. The menu is, with the exception of a few additional items, roughly the same as the Madison Ave location. Viglucci said the both spots will eventually have the same menu.

This is the 10th restaurant for the Albany-based BMT, whose holdings also include Junior's (both Albany and North Greenbush), The Point, Madison Pour House, Ama Cocina, Albany Ale & Oyster, Spinner's Pizza, and The Pub.

Here's a look around the new Cafe Madison...

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Cafe Madison
359 Northern Blvd
Albany, NY 12204

Comments

Jessica Evans is my new hero. This location and Ama both have such great design.

Looks like something the Jetson's would like.
Not too comfortable.

Best comment about the interiors I've heard is "Looks like it's part of Lego Land, my toddler will like it"

First time today for lunch. Food was delicious, service was on point. But.... I could not get over the design. It was all over the place, completely without cohesion, and much of it was super cheesy and trying way too hard.

I couldn't stop thinking about it, so I had to look further in to who was behind it and, lo and behold, it was designed by an individual with zero design training. Her first go at this was at Ama Cocina and, holy smokes we can at least say she has a signature look, totally schizophrenic.

There should be a level of respect for the design process such that hiring a professionally trained individual with proper knowledge and experience is a non-negotiable. Because without it, you get a bar lined with muffin tins. BM&T should really rethink this approach going forward.

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