*Editor’s Note: Story has been updated to reflect new start date of temporary closure.
ALBANY, N.Y. (News10) — The incredible food and atmosphere at the iconic Jack’s Oyster House in downtown Albany is going on hiatus.
That’s because the restaurant temporarily closed it’s doors Wednesday for renovations. The Albany hotspot originally opened in 1913. Owner Brad Rosenstein tells NEWS10 the temporary closure is part of big new things in store for the eatery that’s been run by three generations of the Rosenstein family.
Brad says they will be renovating the building, which was built in 1875, as well as constructing a brand new speakeasy upstairs. While the actual renovations are slated to start in September, Rosenstein says there is plenty of prep work to be done before work can begin. He tells NEWS10 the restaurant’s General Manager alerted staff to the timeline several weeks ago.
As far as a timeline on the work, Rosenstein says it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when everything will be completed. However, the hope is to have the doors back open in time to celebrate its 110th Anniversary on January 24th of next year.
When it reopens, he says visitors who are hooked on Jack’s food and a taste of Albany’s past will find it the same gem it has always been but with some incredible new touches.