Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Ivy Room Re-Opening

By Kathleen Richards
Wed, Nov 29, 2006 at 4:58 PM

Albany's Ivy Room is reopening under the ownership of Kingman Yee, owner of Kingman's Lucky Lounge in Oakland, on Friday, December 15. As the Express reported back in September, the Ivy Room was sold by Bill MacBeath, whose family had owned the Ivy since 1992 and turned it into a happening scene for blues, rockabilly, country, rock, and swing acts like Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Jim Campilongo, the Loved Ones, Deke Dickerson, and Chuck Prophet. Since the Ivy Room closed its doors on September 17, speculation circulated about the club's future. But according to a recent press release, the newly named Kingman's Ivy Room will feature a "custom-created martini menu and a swanky lounge feel that harkens back to the bar's original era." The newly remodeled club will feature DJs seven nights a week and no cover charge. "We wanted to preserve the character and history of the landmark lounge, but we also wanted to update it so that new generations can fully appreciate and enjoy it," said Yee in the press release. In other words, don't expect Dave Gleason to play anytime soon.

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