So what are your thoughts?
Chris Pratt and Alessio Depoli, friends of mine and owners of The Pearl St. Pub, The Barrel Saloon and soon to be Capital C Lounge, are looking to open a live music venue in North Albany. You can read more about it on Steve Barnes’ blog.
It’s weird, I’m in a little bit of a tricky situation with this one because I like those guys very much, and don’t doubt for one second that they will run a good business, but on the other hand, I live RIGHT NEXT DOOR to the proposed space.
I like the idea of a live music venue coming into North Albany, I am just concerned that they will have live music nights where kids (and by kids I mean 16-20 year olds) who are parking around the bars and hanging out in the streets/alleys before and after the shows. I know this happens because I used to do it.
Also, Chris and Alessio are estimating that on any given night, there could be as many as 700-800 people coming down to the venue. That’s a lot of people. Which would be GREAT for my other businesses (Biergarten, Sciortino’s, Olde English Pub, etc.)… but not so great if the 800 people are 17 years old.
But no matter what age, 700-800 people parking in front of our house (which is now home to a newborn baby, Eli, born to my neighbors/friends who live downstairs) can cause quite a problem for us re: noise and parking in general.
I used to hate when people showed up at Zoning Board Hearing where I was proposing a new restaurant/bar and they whined, “What about the parking!??! Waaahhhh” And apparently I’m becoming that guy. But 700-800 cars would cause a slight problem for me personally and professionally. It’s not the worst problem to have, but it is a problem.
So what do you think? It’s exciting that people are still looking to invest in the Warehouse District, but I overall have some concerns about how it will affect our living situation.
The Public Hearing for this proposal is tomorrow night at City Hall.