When I first moved to Center Square in Albany about 15 years ago, Lark Street was quite lively. It still has its moments now, but long gone are the days of watching Yankee playoff baseball and Sunday football at Legends Sports Bar, or grabbing a nice meal at DeJeans.
Even the legendary Bombers Burrito Bars of the Capital Region, sadly, are a thing of the past.
Original owner Matt Baumgartner, who created Bombers back in 1997, sold the brand in 2017 to Jimmy Vann. Despite selling the "brand", Baumgartner, still owned the buildings from which they operated.
Vann, according to the Times Union was the company’s longtime vice president, and as new owner, he added a few Bombers food trucks around Albany while he maintained two of the restaurants, one on Lark and the other on State Street in Schenectady, according to the TU.
New owner closes Bombers in Schenectady and Albany
Unfortunately, the Schenectady restaurant closed in January, followed by the lunchtime Bombers and food truck. A few months back, Vann closed the Lark Street location, and the Bombers brand, which had been quite popular in the Capital Region for decades, was no longer in business.
At the time, Baumgartner said that he hoped to lease the properties.
Baumgartner announces sale with Facebook announcement
This week came the news that Matt Baumgartner is looking to rent out the spaces, or even sell them to the right individual(s).
"If you know anyone who is interested in RENTING the space for a bar or restaurant, or if anyone is interested in PURCHASING these 2 buildings, I would consider selling them AND holding paper for a buyer who is interested in putting in a smart, exciting restaurant that would be great for the Lark Street and downtown Schenectady areas!
I would rather hold off for the right tenant/buyer than just rent or sell them to just anyone."
For just over $1.5M, you can own both
The Lark Street location is $4,750/month or $695K
The Schenectady location is $6,250/month or $895K
Interested parties can contact Matt at BurritoBoy@mac.com.
LOOK! Abandoned Orange County Chopper HQs in Newburgh-TLC's 'American Chopper'
WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.
In 2003, a father-son business reality show hit the Discovery Channel. It was called American Chopper and it followed the custom motorcycle-building business of the Teutul family out of Newburgh, NY. Paul Sr. owned the shop with sons Paul Jr. and Mikey working in the business. There was a slew of cast and characters. The center of the show wasn't just the amazing custom motorcycles built for celebrities and others, it was the volatile relationship between Sr. and Jr. The show ran for 12 seasons before the two could no longer get along. It ended up in lawsuits and the two not talking for ten-plus years. In the past few years, the business moved to Florida. This left the 61,000-square-foot headquarters for sale and abandoned. Take a look at what remains of Orange County Choppers.
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