If you have ever been to downtown Cohoes you know that there is steeped history throughout. There is a legendary bar and restaurant that used to be the hangout for Albany County Democrats and is known for its beautiful 50-foot long mahogany bar. Smith's has been in existence since 1937 but was closed in 2020 due to the pandemic. Now it has new owners.
Who is Taking Smith's Over?
After David Hostig, who was the last owner of Smith's Restaurant, had to close in early 2020 due to the pandemic, the restaurant has new life. Patrick Oh already owns a bunch of properties on Remsen Street in Cohoes including the building that Smith's is in. He now is the owner of the restaurant according to Times Union.com.
What will happen to the restaurant?
The sale of the 146-year-old building will include the rights to Smith's name. Patrick Oh is hoping to find a restauranteur that will take over the entire facility but keep the rich history, look, and ambiance. There are rooms for dining that host a moderately priced menu where patrons can grab something to eat before they head to Cohoes Music Hall to catch a show.
What is the History of Smith's?
Smith's was opened in 1937 as a tavern. Before that, the building had previously been home to a pool hall and a silent movie theater. It was bought by Big Jim Smith who was a local politician who used Smith's as his headquarters to wheel and deal.