Blessing's Tavern, a local institution for nearly 70 years, will be rebuilt after a tragic accident forced its closure in 2016.
A car crashed into the building, located at 1116 Watervliet-Shaker Road, on October 28, 2016, causing extensive damage and the building subsequently was razed.
According to the Times Union, driver Michael Carr, 19, was sentenced this January to six years in prison. His passenger, 17-year-old Niko DiNovo, 17, died in March
after 17 months in a downstate burn unit for third-degree burns over 95% of his body.
In December 2017, Carr admitted to drinking rum and
smoking marijuana before the crash and pleaded guilty to felony assault
and misdemeanor DWAI, according to The Spotlight.
Owner Elizabeth Altrock announced the development on Facebook, writing, "It has happened! ... The SBA [Small Business Administration] approved my building loan. Blessing's Tavern II will be built very soon. The last obstacle has been surmounted. Now, the contract will be finalized and the building begins. ... Will let you know when the
groundbreaking party will be.