After years of planning, Lionheart on Green, a new pub in Albany’s Warehouse District is about to open.
Jerry Aumand is the owner of Lionheart Pub, located in Albany. He said that the $1.3million renovation of 952 Broadway, which he did with his nephew and business partner John Kivelin, took two years.
Lionheart on the Green is having a soft opening on Friday. Aumand stated that the kitchen would open next week.
The bar has three large garage door to create an indoor/outdoor feeling as well as a field adjacent that will be used for outdoor seating, games, festivals, and more.
Aumand and Kivelin purchased the 0.4-acre parcel between Broadway, North Pearl Street, and Pleasant Street for $325,000 in March 2021. The building was formerly a gym.
Aumand stated that Lionheart on the Green offers 24 tap lines and more drinks in cans. Its menu includes affordable comfort food. Menu items include sliders, beer cheese, a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich and more.
The pub will have 12,000 square feet for outdoor seating once all the patios are approved by city officials -- one is still being reviewed. From the patios, patrons can also order drinks and food from the bar or kitchen via walk-up windows.
Lionheart on the Green has a capacity of 240 people. Aumand stated that the new location will employ approximately 30 people.
Lionheart can also expand its darts league at the second location. 125-150 players are currently in the downtown location's dart league. Aumand also said that they will be starting a cornhole team in June.
In recent years, the Warehouse District has experienced a lot of growth: Redburn's apartment building 930 on Broadway, Fidens Brewing Taproom, which will open soon, as well as restaurants like Lost + Found and Copper Crow. Nine Pin Cider Works, which has been located on Broadway for almost a decade, is also a part of the Warehouse District.
Aumand says that Lionheart on the Green is a great addition to the mix.