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Rebuilt Lark Tavern up and running with new owners, second stage

Patrons enjoy an early summer evening al fresco at the new Lark Tavern on Madison Ave. in Albany. The club has reopened after a devastating fire in 2010.
Photographer: Stacey Lauren-Kennedy
Patrons enjoy an early summer evening al fresco at the new Lark Tavern on Madison Ave. in Albany. The club has reopened after a devastating fire in 2010.
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For the past two-and-a-half months, Capital Region jazz drummer Joe Barna has called the new Lark Tavern home. That’s how long Barna and his band, Sketches of Influence, have been performing every Tuesday night at the newly renovated venue, which reopened in January of this year after a fire devastated the building at 453 Madison Ave. in Albany, leaving it closed for more than 18 months. But it hasn’t been an easy journey to this ...

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robbump
June 16, 2012
8:29 p.m.

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Reporter Brian McElhiney wrote, "The two couples took over the lease on the building from Tess Collins, who operated Tess’ Lark Tavern from 2004 until the 2010 fire."

McWatters said ..."I don’t have anything personal against the people running it, but the same guy owns the building, who pushed Tess out. I really can’t give the guy my business."

From everything I've read, McWatters' assessment of what happened seems more accurate than the story.

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