RIP the Miss Albany Diner

Their last day is Friday, February 10th

Much like the grieving process of mourning the death of a loved one, initial reactions include feelings of disbelief, shock, denial and anger. I’d say my morning began with a slew of those feelings and now “this sucks” is the only thing I’m thinking. RIP one of the best the best diner in Albany.

via Tablehopping:

The Miss Albany Diner, a fixture in the city’s warehouse district since 1941, will close after lunch service next Friday (2/10). It has been sold to a real-estate company held by the owners of Wolff’s Biergarten, located next door to the diner’s 893 Broadway location. There are no immediate plans to reopen it as a diner, says Matt Baumgartner, who bought the diner with partners Jimmy and Demetra Vann, with whom he co-owns Wolff’s and The Olde English Pub & Pantry, also on Broadway in Albany.

Yes, there are other diners in Albany. Sure, I’ll eat a decent breakfast again. Maybe I’ll get my money’s worth too. But there really is only one diner experience like Miss Albany Diner in our city. It was the one diner in Albany that my hungover friends and I could agree was what we needed to start our weekend morning off with very little questions asked aside from figuring out who’s driving.

The menu didn’t need any tweaking, it was consistent, portions were filling and fit the price. It was full of unique and quaint decor and of course, bottomless coffee was always a plus. For me, it was a place for good brunch, good conversation and good friends. Also, hands down, MAD had the best plates out of any diner I’ve been to, maybe ever.

Can’t help but ask… now what? Please leave a comment and attempt to restore my faith in breakfast in Albany.

Editor’s note: from Matt’s blog:

As new owners of the property, we legally can not continue to operate the space as Miss Albany Diner or use their menu items. I’m only noting that because it is important to us that it is clear that we are not “closing down Miss Albany Diner”. They sold us the property, and we are not legally allowed to re-open Miss Albany Diner in that space.

He didn’t drive them out and clearly states that he was a patron of the diner for 15 years so it’s pretty evident he’s well aware of what he’s coming into. Which is a building. Only. He isn’t the big bad wolf that outbid everyone to open a Denny’s and make mad ca$h $tacks. He’s most likely just preventing some dickhead from putting something terrible in his (and my) neighborhood.

Interestingness in the local news vol 43

jerry jennings moved the st patrick day parade route to not go past the bars on pearl st “because of misbehavior and large drunken crowds” [tu]

annoying gimmick bar in nyc deemed cool enough to blog abt [tu]

federal grand jury indicted 16 people operating a large scare coke ring, 9 of em are from troy [tr]

two bros got mad over dirty dishes, shotguns and rifles included [tu]

$1m “oopsie” halts fountain reconstruction [tu]

susan g komen halts partnership with planned parenthood [ynn]

lawyer pleads guilty to hate crime [ynn]

two week old baby missing [ynn]

cupcake lab in saratoga is now elizabeth’s table, has some new tricks [fs]

Sasha Grey to DJ at Vapor this Saturday

Sasha Grey, famous “actress” from Entourage and Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience will be DJing at Vapor in Saratoga on Saturday, Feburary 4th. Way cooler than the idea of “this person will be in the same room as you for a tenner-per-ticket”.

From their facebook page about the event:

DVDJ Dread will start the night at 9pm. Sasha will begin closer to 10pm, then Dread continues once Sasha’s set is done.

Tickets are $10 and are available here. More info on Vapor’s website.

Interestingness in the local news vol 42

daniel from flb wants to see a few changes in the tu ‘best of’ polls [flb]

even local ‘famous ppl’ are subject to the rules [fp]

gastropub now has a full liquor license [tu]

new breakfast/lunch spot open at maiden lane in albany [fbook]

illium cafe bistro is now open [tu]

11 year old arrested for third-degree burglary, possession of stolen property and petit larceny in center sq [tu]

trucker was 8x the legal dwi limit, bac of 0.35[tu]

KAB Trailer: Stuff Your Face With Bass 2

Hit the HD button to do the video justice. Enjoy.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 33

Friday January 27th

Friday Night Live at Red Square [fbook]

4th Friday & Everything Classic w/ DJ Trumastr, Nate Da Great + White Lotus [fbook]

Saturday January 28th

Stuff Your Face With Bass at the Washington Avenue Armory [fbook]

Albany All Stars Pint Glass Party at McGearys [fbook]

Exit Dome 5 WEXT Benefit with Sgt Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, MaryLeigh & the Fauves, The City Never Sleeps, Mother Judge, and Rosary Beard [fbook]

Charmed and Dangerous Burlesque at Taste [fbook]

Sunday January 29th

Albany Sonic Arts Celebrates the UAG, 4pm [fbook]

bonus: plz vote for party with tina >>

Pine Hills Locals are ‘mad pissed’ and helping cops arrest ‘mad students’

According to this article APD and people that live in owner occupied houses in Pine Hills are going ‘all out’ against ‘quality of life crimes’ perpetuated by all the ‘sick parties’ the bros are throwing.

In November, three UAlbany students were arrested for cramming 300 people into their apartment at 556 Washington Ave. for a party.

Over $1600 was collected at the door by the three to get into the party as well as over $100 for selling jello shots.

Did their listing as a ‘speakeasy’ on foursquare tip off APD?

“I’d rather jeopardize my future than let them arrest my friends”
-A bro that has regrets

Are Pine Hills residents the new Rudy Giuliani?
Are these people and APD just ‘mad pissed’ they weren’t invited?
Would you pay $5 for ‘unlimited access’ to a half-keg of Busch Light?
How many bros can fit into a college bro house before it collapses?
Is APD ‘mad pissed’ because house parties can’t give them kick-backs?
Is there ‘real crime’ that should be taken care of instead of this?
Should the drinking age be 18 again?