O’Briens Public House, which has occupied a floor of the Trojan Hotel on Third St. in downtown Troy for years, has closed, owner Terry O’Brien told The Alt Thursday morning.
“We’ll open somewhere else,” O’Brien said. She did not offer a reason for the abrupt closure—last night was its final night open, she said—but emphasized that the venture wasn’t a failure. People should stay tuned for what’s next, she said.
The historic building was sold at a foreclosure auction for $196,000 to Bedarling Properties LLC in December, The Alt reported earlier this year. The building’s previous owner was To-Do Development LLC, of which Terry O’Brien is or was a member.
Asked in an email on Wednesday if O’Briens had recently been asked or told to leave the Trojan Hotel building, Robert Hirsch, a member of Bedarling Properties, replied: “I don’t know about the truth of that statement. WE have not asked them to leave the Trojan Hotel building.”
A proposal by Bedarling Properties “to convert a bar and vacant space into a restaurant and hotel” appeared on the city planning commission’s March 29 agenda. It’s not immediately clear if and when city approval was granted.
Bedarling’s application, under “Description of Work,” mentions a roof deck, new elevator, and handicap access. It says construction will cost more than $500,000.
“CONVERT EMPTY, UNINHABITED DECAYING FORMER HOTEL INTO NEW BOUTIQUE HOTEL,” the applicant wrote of its plans on one form.