I had a small little dinner party last night at my house, and frankly, I got hammered. Â So… I’m not really in the best shape to write something intelligent. Â But I’ll try.
A friend of mine sent me a link from Steve Barnes’ blog Table Hopping, and the title of his blog post is: “Mazzone, Baumgartner competing for Quackenbush House.”
Basically, the Quackenbush House, which is down the street from my house and from Wolff’s Biergarten, is vacant. Â I LOVE this building. Â I think it’s so charming and I’ve always thought it would make a great little bar. Â Mark Graydon, my friend and manager of Wolff’s Biergarten, is English and he suggested an English-style Pub would be perfet in that space. Â So we looked at the building, talked to the landlords (Capitalize Albany. Â Which I think should be called “Capitalize albany”), and then we submitted a proposal to rent. Â We had heard that someone else was interested in the building, but I had no idea it was Angelo Mazzone.
Angelo Mazzone is my idol. Â I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a thousand times. Â His businesses are so supremely run, and his food is so outstanding, and the people he has working with him are so great, that I would be very surprised if anyone landlord didn’t immediately hand over their keys to him. Â I am not quite sure what his concept is for Quackenbush House, but I’m sure it would be a great place.
One good thing is that we both have a vested interest (also the name of the jacket company I want to start. Â just kidding.) in North Albany. Â So either way, the building will be put to good use. Â But frankly, I would be mostly excited for Mark Graydon to open a pub in Quackenbush House. Â He’s a great guy and a fantastic manager, and owning his own English Pub would be a dream for him. Â It’s actually his idea, and I believe in it/him, and it would be an equal collaboration for him, Jimmy & Demetra Vann (who never get enough credit for their role in Wolff’s) and I.
Frankly, I think we have a 25% chance. Â But if it’s meant to be, it’ll happen. Â If it does happen, we’re calling it The Olde English.
But either way, good news for downtown Albany.
p.s. If you would like to contact Capitalize Albany on our behalf, you can do so HERE.