Open for Business: Carney's Tavern

Jerry Gretzinger & WNYT Staff
Updated: May 20, 2020 05:01 PM
Created: May 20, 2020 04:59 PM

BALLSTON LAKE - He built his business around live music - welcoming people to his restaurant to enjoy local artists, while grabbing dinner and drinks.

It's been a lot quieter at Carney's Tavern in Ballston Lake since the shutdown began, but now owner Matt Finnigan is singing the praises of his customers.


The building that houses Carney's Tavern has been around for 180 years. Finnigan wants it to be around 180 more.
Nostalgia fuels part of his determination. He remembers playing music there before he bought the restaurant in 2013.

Converting to all take out has been tough - and higher costs for things like beef have forced him to change his menu.  

Other house favorites are still selling well, and some new mixed drinks - served in pint and quart containers - have kept the bar business kicking. However, he's eager to bring the music back - so long as there can be people to hear it.

Learn more about what some of the biggest sellers are, by watching the video of Jerry Gretzinger’s story.

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