Union Inn close to reopening in Schenectady

Owner says he put more than $500,000 in renovations into the bar

February 9, 2018

BY ANDREW BEAM, The Daily Gazette

SCHENECTADY — A liquor license is all that’s keeping the Union Inn from reopening, according to its new owner.

All of the renovations of the bar are complete, said Phil Ruggiero, who hopes to open the bar in a couple of weeks.

“I’m really just waiting on the liquor license,” Ruggiero said.

This will be the first time the place has been open since 2014. Former owner Joyce Fordham was forced to close the bar because of flooding from what she said was nearby construction.

Ruggiero, who has also owned Nico’s Pizzeria on State Street for the last 21 years, said the concept for the Union Inn will be a bar that offers food. Nico’s, by contrast, is a pizzeria that also has a tavern upstairs, he said.

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