More Downtown Bars Closing

The Times Union is reporting that Savannah’s officially closed on Monday night.   Most telling however is this portion of the article:

“It will be at least the third closure of a Pearl Street bar in less than two months. Jillian’s said farewell Aug. 11 after 13 years in business, and the neighboring R Bar, an attempt to succeed Envy Lounge, was shuttered at the end of June after 14 months. The fate of Figure 10 Lounge, about a block north of the pair, is uncertain; it has been open for only occasional Saturday nights in recent months, and last week it was denied a cabaret license, required by the city for bars and nightclubs that wish to offer live music, DJs or karaoke…Yet another downtown eating-and-drinking establishment, The Brown Derby restaurant, half a block from North Pearl Street on Clinton Avenue, closes after dinner service on Saturday (8/25).”

The nightlife scene in downtown Albany is seriously struggling.  Thankfully bars like McGeary’s, Wolff’s Biergarten, and the City Beer Hall seem to be doing well.  But having substantially large vacant buildings lining Albany’s Main Street is not good.

What can the city do to encourage different and diverse business interests? I think a lot has been done to re-vamp residential interest, but if the amenities aren’t there to support the new residents, these efforts are likely to fail as well.

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