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New pub slated to open this month

November 7, 2013

by Chris Crucetti

The Pour House on Madison Avenue, another enterprise of the BM&T management group, is scheduled to open the week of Thankgiving, tentatively on Nov. 25. A new brick facade has been affixed to what was the old Mahar’s and siding is also expected to be added.

Construction continues on the exterior of the building/Chris Crucetti

Construction continues on the exterior of the building/Chris Crucetti

The building, at 1110 Madison Ave., is undergoing a $300,000 two-floor renovation, and will include a gas fireplace, a full-length bar, and a small informal kitchen. The second floor, previously an apartment, will contain the gas fireplace as well as additional dining seats. The old Mahar’s occupied the space for 24 years until BM&T bought the building for $300,000 on Dece. 28, of last year.

“We wanted to maintain the character of the building,” said Daniel Sanders, the project architect. Remodeling the apartment for additional dining space was a huge improvement said Sanders, who believes they are on track to meet the tentative opening date. Revamping the outside with brick façade and siding gives the building an old English pub appearance, he said “We wanted to give it an open feel to take advantage of the two story space.”

An overview of the first floor seen from the dining area upstairs

An overview of the first floor seen from the dining area upstairs

The project developers, BM&T, named for its three partners, Brian Viglucci, Michael Viglucci Jr., and Tony Lounello, owns and operates an entire stretch of Madison, including Junior’s, The Point and Madison Cafe.

The menu at the Pour House will feature an item called a “ploughman’s lunch.” The lunch will be served on a long board and customers have the option to create their own sandwich or salad with options including meats, pickles, and sliced apples. “This would be ideal for one customer or a party of 20. It is an inexpensive option we will provide. There is an experience to be had,” said Viglucci.

Viglucci also said his company wanted to keep the style Mahar’s had and add some updates. He discussed a menu which will include as many as 35 craft beers, 30 draft beers, and more than 100 drink options, as well as food that would compliment the bee – including chili, spicy nuts, deviled eggs, and homemade pickles.

A full length bar is being built to suit customers need

A full length bar is being built to suit customers need

The general manager of Junior’s, Daniel Savage, is thrilled with the expansion in the neighborhood.

“All of the management and owners were born and raised in Albany. We’re very involved in corporate responsibility,” said Savage. He also stressed the company is helping the community by adding 10 to 15  jobs, most of which include bartenders, a wait staff, and kitchen help. According to Viglucci, most of the employees will remain at their original restaurant and not become interchangeable with the other establishments. Savage will become the general manager of the Pour House when it opens.

The company has developed a relationship with the Pine Hills neighborhood association, and is part of the Beautify Upper Madison Project. Savage stressed how much the company gets involved in the neighborhood, doing what they can to help it succeed.

“We have been very in sync with BM&T,” said Virginia Hammer, Pine Hills Neighborhood Association president. Hammer expressed BM&T’s commitment to the neighborhood. “They come to a number of community meetings if they have ideas to see how the neighborhood would feel about it,” said Hammer. She was very impressed that they are a local company who cares about local issues. “BM&T has set the tone for the upper madison area,” said Hammer.

BM&T management is excited about their latest venture and hopes it will draw more people to the Pine Hills area. “The Pour House will certainly increase business. This is becoming the destination block in Albany,” said Savage. -30-


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