Broadway beer garden brewing
Former site of Noche will now offer sausage, schnitzel menu
By STEVE BARNES, Senior writer
First published in print: Friday, November 7, 2008
ALBANY — A traditional German beer garden is planned for the renovated Broadway firehouse that once housed the nightclub Noche.
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Wolff's Biergarten, with a modestly priced menu and casual dining, will open in the spring, said the owner.
Matt Baumgartner, who owned Noche from December 2005 to spring 2007 and also owns Bombers Burrito Bar on Albany's Lark Street, said Thursday it will be a traditional beer garden with communal seating, 50 German and Belgian beers, and a sausage-and-schnitzel menu.
Customers will order and pick up food from an open kitchen.
Renovations are set to begin next month to turn what was once an upscale, swanky club into a casual restaurant with more wallet-friendly prices, Baumgartner said. His partners in Wolff's are James and Demetra Vann, who were partners in Noche; James Vann is also vice president of Bombers.
Baumgartner said the building's garage door and expansive open space — where the fire truck was parked — make the location at 895 Broadway ideal for creating the sort of convivial gathering place he has found at beer gardens in New York City and Munich.