The owner of Legends Sports Lounge and DeJohn's Restaurant and Pub says he's closing the doors to both establishments for good. YNN's Erin Moran shares the story.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Two popular Lark Street establishments, DeJohns and Legends, are closing up shop for good after Sunday night.
Business might find it difficult to operate. Some of the commercial spaces are small. They haven't developed a niche. Sometimes the business might not meld with the neighborhood.
Owner John DeJohn says being forced to close at 2 a.m. hurt business and local neighborhood harassment from the Lark St. Area Residents Quality of Life Committee are his reasons.
"I know that the comment has been passed about this being a hostile neighborhood for those two establishments, But I really think that the neighborhood bent over backward to have the owner come to compliance, and he refused to do it," said Lark St. Area Residents Quality of Life Committee member Stephanie Richardson.
Richardson says even though the two establishment permits' allowed them to operate until 2 a.m. they were consistently staying open until 4 a.m. and the late night crowds grew problematic. Richardson said "property damage, noise, vomiting, urination on private property," were a few of the ongoing problems.
Another local group, the Park/Hudson Neighborhood Association, says the neighborhood isn't hostile toward businesses, but being so residential, success requires a certain kind of business plan.
"If your business model is built so that that 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. hours are going to make or break you, then obviously you need to rethink your business model," shared Todd Hunsinger, the Park/Hudson Neighborhood Association President. They say more courtesy needs to be demonstrated between the residents and businesses, because everyone on Lark St. is in the same boat.
"The businesses come here because we're here and both sides of the game know that we depend in each other," said Richard Berkley, the Park/Hudson Neighborhood Association's Former President.
Owner John DeJohn still has one other bar on Lark Street, Justin's, and permits allow that establishment to stay open until 4 am.