To fully realize her dream of owning a restaurant, Sharon Mason not only threw out the kitchen sink of the former pub on North Pearl Street she bought two weeks ago, she also took a chain saw to the building’s bar.
By the end of the month, Mason plans to relocate The Other Company Restaurant from Loudon Plaza in Latham to the former Corner Well Pub in Menands. The move is the 55-year-old Mason’s latest step in her transformation from waitress to restaurateur.
“I decided after nine years of renting, I would purchase my own building,” said Mason. Her aspirations to become a restaurateur began when she was 13 years old and worked at a deli in her hometown.
The Schodack native is now turning the Corner Well into an American cuisine restaurant. It will be larger than The Other Company’s Loudon Plaza location and feature an outdoor patio.
The former pub is near the border of Menands and North Albany, across the street from the headquarters of WNYT Channel 13. Although it has operated under various monikers — including Charlie Weaver’s and Clancy’s Well — the switch to The Other Company will be one of its most significant changes.
“It’s always been a neighborhood pub,” said Anthony Sabatino, the Realty USA commercial real estate broker who managed the deal for the Corner Well.
However, Mason noted she holds a wine and beer license for her restaurant.
In the early 1990s, Mason worked as an administrative assistant for an area insurance company. But she said she “missed waitressing” and started to work at The Other Company, initially part-time. She waitressed there for four years before taking over The Other Company in 1999.
The restaurant’s original owner also had a pharmacy at Loudon Plaza. He often referred to the restaurant as his “other company.” Hence, the name.
In Menands, The Other Company will primarily serve breakfast and lunch, though it will offer dinner on Thursdays and Fridays. The business employs seven part-time workers, but Mason plans to expand her staff.
Mason said business has been strong, especially since hiring chef Ellen Milkas, whose specialties include stuffed steak and various sauces.
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