Hudson River Coffee House grand opening
Friday night marks the grand opening of the Hudson River Café Coffee House at 227 Quail St. with an electronic dubs show to jump start the new venture. The 1,700-square-foot shop is the brainchild of Anton Pasquill, a graduate of the state University at Albany. Pasquill has garnered support from his mother and grandmother to get the shop up and running. The show Friday features Heady Productions - including Brother Suarez, Just the Sauce, DJ Far East, and Mr. Kissner.
"We don't throw your typical parties, we're riding the wave of resurgence of electronic music and I will play any space I can find," said Matthew Davidowicz. Invitations for the event have been circulated via Facebook and word-of-mouth and Pasquill anticipates about 100 patrons Friday. "People should get here early on Friday, I'm expecting it to get full very quickly," he said.
Not only is the Café a music venue but it also has a tranquil atmosphere, a full espresso bar, as well as pastries, a full sandwich menu, and free wireless internet. The espresso bar offers lattes, chai lattes and regular coffee.
Hudson River Café gets its coffee from Capital City Roasters in the Hudson Valley, and each cup is made with freshly ground coffee beans. A cup of coffee runs from $1.75 to $4. In addition, the cafe also serves a full breakfast sandwich menu and a "Hudson Hogie" menu for lunch and dinner.
The cover charge for the 10 p.m. show Friday night is $5. The Café will host a show on Saturday night, Dec. 11, when local band "Tarot" performs at 9:30 p.m.
New owner Pasquill has an economics degree and has worked for a number of years at local coffee houses and restaurants including both at the Muddy Cup and Subway. The moment he graduated he wanted to open something unique and exciting. His father suggested he look at spots on Quail Street and from there the Hudson River Café was born.
Inside the old Hudson River Telephone Company building is a new interesting design with inviting lounge tables and couches, as well as old school arcade games.
Hudson River Café is currently working on an "open mic" night schedule and will also host a regular venue – "starving artists Thursdays." Performers will have an hour or so to play a set of their music in exchange for food and drink, compliments of the café.
It is really a local artists' playground. According to Pasquill, his main goal is to "ramp up" the café as a musical venue. The cafe operator hopes to develop the spot into a showcase for local artists as well. Every Friday of the month Hudson River will feature their work. The Café is big enough for two artists to display work at the same time.
"This is what Albany is missing, come visit us," said Pasquill.