Schenectady’s Pinhead Susan’s for Sale
Bars and restaurants come and go all over the Capital Region but there are one or two staples, they've been there forever. Now, one of those Schenectady staples have announced they may not be open much longer.
A longtime fixture of Downtown Schenectady, Pinhead Susan's is up for sale. According to The Daily Gazette, the bar, for now, will remain open until the sale goes through. The owner, Dennis McDonald, has just decided to retire from the restaurant industry after opening it 18 years ago.
Did you know where the name came from? Apparently, when McDonald and his brother decided to renovate the 1800s two-story building, they first had to take off some graffiti that said “Susan is a pinhead” and “Susan remains a pinhead." It's like the bar named herself!
Just because Dennis McDonald is out of the restaurant industry, doesn't mean you're not going to see the family around Downtown Schenectady. Dennis' brother Jack still owns the Van Dyke as well as the microbrewery Mad Jack Brewing. Jack's son Jeff operates the newly renovated Stockade Inn and both of Dennis' sons work within the family business.
If you're interested, the Daily Gazette is reporting "The building at 38-40 Broadway -- including the business and the fixtures -- are for sale for $450,000 through Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Blake Realtors."