|Mahar's and now-sister-establishment Cafe Madison.|
Bar owner Jim Mahar says his business will remain open through February 14, its 24th anniversary, before making way for new ownership of the building housing his business. Meanwhile, lots of finger-pointing is going on. See comments string.
(Story originally published 1/1/13)
ALBANY -- What has grown from a simple pizzeria to a string of restaurants and pubs in two decades is getting a little bigger.
BM&T Management Group, which began with a Crestwood Plaza pizzeria named Spinners under Michael Viglucci Jr., has bought Mahar's Public Bar, a long-popular watering hole in the Pine Hils neighborhood.
Mahar's will be closed, revamped, then reopened under the new owners as Madison House Pour, according to Times Union blogger Steve Barnes. The business is located at 1110 Madison Avenue.
However, according to comments made to another TU writer by bar owner Jim Mahar, the transition isn't without its negative aspects.
Mahar says he was "shellshocked" by the sale of the building and his resulting ouster without, he claims, any notice to him.
BMT Management, which incudes Michael and Brian Viglucci and Tony Lounello, also own four other Madison Avenue businesses -- The Point Restaurant and Lounge, Cafe Madison (located next door to Mahar's), Juniors, and Pub 869 -- as well as Spinners on Picotte Drive, Stone Crow on Yates Street, and BM&T Catering.
Mahar's was founded on Valentine’s Day 1989. The sale apparently does not affect its co-owned Mahar's at 14 South Main Street in Castleton-on-Hudson.
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