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Copper Crow, Tugboat Tavern closed by burst pipes

Update: The Tugboat Tavern has reopened. As of February 17, The Copper Crow remains closed.

Original: Recent freezing temperatures caused water pipes to burst, leading to the temporary closure of The Copper Crow in Albany and Tugboat Tavern in Cohoes.

Water damage in Tugboat Tavern’s rear dining area means the business will be closed for ‘a few days, if not a little longer’, according to a notice published on Tuesday on Facebook. The tavern is at 159 Bridge Ave.

The Copper Crow suffered what owner Jason Pierce called a “catastrophic flood” after a pipe burst on Sunday afternoon in the warehouse above the restaurant. A storage room, bathrooms and part of the dining room were damaged. A second pipe burst early Monday, spraying about 65,000 gallons of water throughout the restaurant and bar, Pierce said by email.

The Copper Crow has undergone a lengthy development process that began with a different location in the city’s warehouse district in the spring of 2019. It debuted in late fall at 904 Broadway.

“Opening the door and seeing water pouring everywhere after working so hard to get this place open in the middle of a pandemic – it was heartbreaking,” Pierce said.


He predicted that the cleanup and rebuilding would take at least three to four weeks, possibly longer, as the cold room needs to be replaced, among other major projects.

A GoFundMe campaign with a goal of $10,000 was set to offset expenses that might not be covered by insurance, Pierce said.