The brew pub project, which the board discussed Wednesday, would be located on Broadway (Route 9) between the Saratoga Shoe Depot and the apartment building south of it that is next to the Adelphi Hotel: i.e., behind the apartment building, with entry through a gap between the storefronts.
The project, which has a working title of Martell Brothers’ Brewing Company, is a joint venture of Chris Martell and George de Piro, the latter currently brewmaster at the Albany Pump Station. This week’s appearance befor the planning board was the second review of projected plans. The space between the sidewalk and the pub would have would a courtyard of planted trees and shrubs, and tables throughout.
According to a report in The Saratogian newspaper: Martell and De Piro “presented their early plans to the board in an attempt to quell some issues brought up by Sheila Parker, owner of the Adelphi, their potential neighbor, something the planning board praised them for. … Some of Parker’s concerns were the potential noise created by musical performances and the odors emanating from the brewing aspect of their establishment. …
“DePiro … assured Parker that the odor ‘is not at all offensive,’ comparing it to oatmeal, and said the portion of brewing that tends to smell at all only lasts 90 minutes per batch, which he said will happen once or twice a week. As for Parker’s concerns about the music, Martell said it would be jazz, acoustic, and otherwise quiet. ‘We want a place where people can relax. A place where people can talk back-and-forth without shouting,’ which he said is lacking in the city.”
Incidentally, De Piro wrote on his Times Union blog, “The working name of the place is Martell Brothers Brewing Company mostly because my partner, Chris Martell, came up with the idea for this project over a year ago before I had even met him. The final name will be different.”
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