Two for one

Update on Club Shadow:

The new venue opening soon (most likely in the next couple weeks) at 30 Caroline St. is a kind of two-for-one deal.

Business partners John Lucarelli and Dennis Campochiaro, of J Lucarelli & Sons Inc. in Mechanicville, took over the space formerly occupied by The Venue (upstairs) and The Clubhouse (downstairs) and will open Johnny Luc's (downstairs) and Club Shadow (upstairs).

The two are totally separate businesses sharing the same address, Campochiaro said Tuesday.

The club will enforce a strict dress code and cater to private parties and VIPs. The image change from The Venue will be most reflected in the music, which will include reggae, latin and 80s spun by Capital Region DJs.

"It's an opportunity for people to come to a sophisticated night club, dance their shoes off, have some cocktails ... and come back," Campochiaro said.

The club will be open until 3 a.m.

Downstairs, the atmosphere will be completely different. Johnny Luc's patrons can sit back and relax on couches that will replace the current wooden tables and chairs. The larger than life beer signs adorning the maroon walls will be swapped out for artwork; an espresso and dessert bar will be added; and a stage will be built for local blues and jazz musicians to croon from.

Campochiaro said they're considering outsourcing the space adjacent to the bar as a restaurant, which once housed a burger joint.

Speaking of food, (food of a very different kind, that is) Ravenous (21 Phila St.) is offering some tasty sounding new crepes: St. Tropez (sauteed chicken, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives and sundried tomoatoes) and Last Mango in Paris (juicy mango chunks, fresh blueberries and lime curd.)

They also added Stella Artois beer and Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio to the drinks menu.

The restaurant's extended summer hours are 11:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays in June.
July and August hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Call 581-0560 for more info.


Anonymous Hammer Time said...

Great; just what we need...one of these so-called "upscale NYC nite club experiences"..complete with the VIP lounges, table service, bling-bling boyz, hip hop and DJs.

What, did Ron Kim invest in this place just so he can see fulfill his wish of widespread crime at nite to justify his Public Safety Place and bloated poilice budget?

Guess what? It won't work in this town. Even Brooklyn has dumped this crap.

But I guess it's true, the Cap District is always 5 years behind the trends -- and Saratoga 10 years.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 10:50:00 AM 
Blogger shanghai dandy said...


How bout getting the scoop on what's going down with David S??

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 7:46:00 PM 
Blogger shanghai dandy said...


Are you working on the Feds raid of Dave S? I want to see you take that on with the same ferocity as you took on Skidmore.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 7:47:00 PM 
Blogger Mareesa said...


Did you see the paper today? It was on the front page.
Obviously, the story will have continuing coverage.

If you want to give me tips, first read the paper and then e-mail me: mnicosia@saratogian.com.

I'm still waiting for you to take me up on my offer to show your face in the newsroom. Why so shy?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 7:57:00 PM 

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