Loch & Quay
Loch & Quay
The name Loch & Quay (pronounced: lock and key) pays homage to a bar in Ireland named The Quays that the owner used to frequent when he lived in Galway, as well as nearby Quay street, where I-787 now stands. The building itself was constructed in 1819, across from the D&H Building (Delaware & Hudson Railway), which is now occupied by SUNY. There is a metal plaque on the backbar indicating that the mahogany bar was built in 1937 by George Spalt & Sons cabinet makers (who were located in the building that is now Graney’s Stout).
Shortly after the repeal of Prohibition, there was a high demand for bars to be built, and who-better than cabinet makers to take up the task? The Spalt Company was also commissioned to construct the bars at Pauly’s Hotel and Lombardo’s Restaurant. The Loch & Quay logo was designed by a close friend of the owners and is based on the 1930’s “streamline modern” art deco style of the bar. The wainscoting along the back wall was built using the wood reclaimed from the old booths that used to be there and the table tops at the banquettes are the same tables from those booths. The tin ceiling and lights are also original to the building. The side entry door and Dutch-style kitchen doors were procured from Historic Albany Foundation on Lexington Avenue. The shelf in the rear and other miscellaneous pieces of mahogany were also salvaged from the Albany-produced Boardman & Gray piano that used to be on the second floor. The old Hedrick’s beer neon in the front window has been here as a continued homage to the times of Albany Democratic chair Dan O’Connell: if you sold beer, you had to sell his.