With renovations complete, The Bishop opens in Downtown

With renovations complete, The Bishop opens in Downtown


The Bishop, a new restaurant and full-service bar with a farm to table, bourbon and steak focus, was officially welcomed to downtown Albany, NY on September 19. Located at the corner of N Pearl Street and Sheridan Avenue, the celebration came as interior renovations were completed and owners Scott Pugsley, Raymond Hatlee and Evan Shults were joined by City of Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, Capitalize Albany Corporation and other community partners.

“There is so much excitement to serve as a contributor to the revitalization of downtown Albany,” said Pugsley. “Offering a unique concept to the repertoire of downtown restaurants, The Bishop plans to provide long-term employment to about forty people.”

Made possible with support from the Downtown Albany Retail Grant Program — extensive interior renovations were completed to support The Bishop’s business plan, its space’s distinct design and theme. The grant program is made possible by the City of Albany Capital Resource Corporation and Capitalize Albany Corporation.

Using 2,200 sq. ft. of ground floor space, The Bishop offers a large array of spirits, common cocktails and craft beer, with a main focus on bourbon. It’s estimated to support 40 jobs, full–time and part-time positions. Ownership plans to be a part of downtown Albany revitalization with The Bishop serving as a downtown destination and its concept aims to attract and serve residents located within the blocks surrounding the establishment. Its menu complements the overall visual appeal and spirit options. The Bishop plans to stay open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight with extended hours on weekends.

“Understanding the substantial investment taking place in downtown and the new dynamics and demographics of Albany’s fastest growing neighborhood, The Bishop is already making a name for itself among the well-established, world class restaurants and entertainment venues located here,” said Downtown Albany Business Improvement District executive director Georgette Steffens. “We are thrilled they have chosen downtown Albany as their home and look forward to their continued success here in our Capital City."

In recent years, new investment has strengthened downtown. Today the downtown core is a walkable retail destination. The fabric of the neighborhood continues to evolve as new retail and downtown living opportunities come online. In the past five years more than 500 new downtown apartment units have come online and currently more than 500 units are under construction.

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