A historic restaurant in Cohoes is being sold but it looks as if the plan is to reopen.
Smith’s Restaurant in Cohoes was built in 1873 (before the Cohoes Music Hall). According to their website, “It housed a silent movie theater for a period of time. It was converted to a pool hall and finally into a tavern near the turn of the century.” Now, it’s history will continue but under yet another new management.
David Hostig, also the owner of the Normanside Country Club in Delmar, has been a part of the restaurant since his father purchased it in September 2009 and ran it until his death in 2019. Now, according to the Times Union, Hostig sold the business and rights to the name to Patrick Oh of Capital Companies NY who already owns the building Smith’s is housed in. Oh hopes to find someone to take over the business and continue a similar ambiance that the area has been used to for all of these years.
No matter what happens to Smith’s, I hope something can be done about the beautiful 50-foot-long African mahogany bar purchased from the infamous Tammany Hall housed in the space.