And the change is under way.
The last day for Mahar's, the blue-collar beer emporium that has operated at 1110 Madison Avenue in Albany for the past 24 years, was Sunday. It will be succeeded by another bar planned by the new owners of the building.
However, those who don't mind driving 11 miles to continue the Mahar's tradition still can visit the other Mahar's, located at 14 South Main Street in Castleton. It operates from 4 p.m. to midnight every day except Sunday. Phone: 336-4013. (Don't go looking for any information beyond that on the company website. It hasn't been touched in a long time.)
Jim Mahar's original, now-closed location has been lauded by numerous local reviewers as well as major industry publications such as Beer Advocate for its extensive lineup of beers, ales, porters and the like.
BM&T Managament, which also owns four other Albany watering holes, will transform the Delaware Avanue spot as Madison Pour House, with a projected June opening.