A lot of hush-hush political and business deals have been made in the venerable Jack's Oyster House over the years. But the latest big deal for the restaurant located just down the street from the State Capitol building was quite public.
At 11 a.m. this morning (October 17), the City of Albany unveiled new street signs designating a portion of State Street -- from Broadway to Pearl Street -- "Jack’s Oyster House Way."
The honor is in observance of the restaurant's 100th birthday being marked this year. Today also is the 92nd birthday of Arnold Rosenstein, whose father, Jack, founded the business and whose son, Brad, now is the proprietor.
“Renaming State Street to Jack’s Oyster House Way symbolizes the impact the restaurant has had on downtown Albany since it opened in 1913,” Mayor Jerry Jennings said in a statement. “As we continue to pay tribute to Jack’s 100th anniversary this year, this ceremony will create permanent recognition of the restaurant’s role on State Street in the past, present and in the years to come.”
Jack's is located at 42 State Street. Phone: (518) 465-8854.
(Go here to read a 1985 Esquire magazine article about Jack Rosenstein, written by William Kennedy.)