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.
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 askâ€¦ 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.