Wolff’s Biergarten sale is finally concluded

ALBANY – An agreement to sell the Wolff’s Biergarten brand, originally announced in January, was finalized last week, the two sides said.

The new owners are Sam Leamy, a longtime director of Wolff’s, and his business partner Dan Henley, who is an accountant, Wolff’s boss and who played recreational soccer with Leamy.

They have acquired the original Wolff’s, open since 2009 in the city’s warehouse district, and its seven-year-old brother Schenectady on Erie Boulevard, and will take over Syracuse Wolff’s in the future, according to Wolff founder Matt Baumgartner, who continues to lead Wolff’s-Syracuse.

Baumgartner retains ownership of the Albany and Syracuse Wolff buildings; Schenectady’s location is leased. Last spring, Baumgartner transformed Wolff’s Troy location into Troy Beer Garden, a vegetarian restaurant, which has an upstairs lounge bar called The Berlin.

Wolff’s, which emphasizes beer and football, will remain largely unchanged, according to the new owners.

“The bars will remain the same. The amazing friendly service will remain the same. Football will remain the same. But we have a few exciting things up our sleeves,” Leamy and Henley said in a statement.

As a promotion, Wolff’s offers all Oktoberfest beers for $ 5 per half liter and $ 10 per liter in October. A giveaway last weekend for a $ 500 tab drew 1,000 entries, according to Leamy.

Leamy said in an interview on Tuesday that he and Henley plan to beef up Wolff’s food menu, currently limited to sausages and pretzels, by the end of the year or early next year and that they would also host monthly pop-up barbecues in Albany and Schenectady. Halloween and holiday season, special events and other promotions are planned until the end of the year. Leamy said the delay in the sale was due to protracted negotiations and a long backlog in processing documents by state agencies.

“I’m a little sad,” Baumgartner said Tuesday. “It was fun owning a place that was so well received from the start. But I need to simplify my professional life.”

To that end, Baumgartner said, he will try to sell Troy Beer Garden and The Berlin as a package in order to focus on June Farms, a 4-year-old animal farm, bar and event space in West Sand Lake which also offers accommodation. in seven cabins and teepees available through Airbnb, and more are under construction. Baumgartner still owns a fraction of the ownership of the Olde English Pub in downtown Albany, which he opened in 2009. He founded and ran the Albany-based Bombers Burrito Bar, which has expanded to several locations. , until selling it in 2017, along with other bars and restaurants. also.

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