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Jack's Oyster House celebrates 100 years

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Jack's Oyster House in the City of Albany will mark 100 years of business on Thursday.

The Albany restaurant opened its doors on January 24, 1913. On Wednesday, Albany Mayor Jennings took a moment to salute the Rosenstein family for their dedication to the city.

"On behalf of our capital city, I congratulate Brad and the three generations of his family for making Jack's Oyster House such a long standing success and a household name both in the City of Albany, the Capital Region and beyond," Mayor Jennings said.

Two new banners commemorating Jack's 100 years now sit at the intersection of State and Pearl Streets. The restaurant is planning a number of celebratory events over the next year.

The restaurant has served every sitting New York governor since it opened, as well as Hilary Clinton and Al Gore. Celebrities like Sugar Ray Leonard and Gloria Estefan have also dined there.

The restaurant has only been closed one day in all its history, for the founder's funeral.

Brad Rosenstein says his grandfather was just 20-years-old when he opened Jack's, and is proud to carry on his legacy.

"I think he would be amazed," Rosenstein said. "He was such a perfectionist and such a stickler for being the best that I am sure he would be critiquing everything and concerned that everything was being done right."

Rosenstein says his 91-year-old father will join the festivities Wednesday night. His 19-year-old son, also named Jack says he 100% plans to carry on the family tradition.

NEWS10 is told Jack's is the second-oldest family owned restaurant in the country.

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