3.6
11 votes

Ambition Coffee House & Eatery

154 Jay St, Schenectady, New York 12305 USA

$
$$$$
Budget
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Outdoor
    Seating
  • Wifi

“Pour yourself a cup of ambition in Schenectady”

154 Jay Street was built circa 1870. What happened between 1870 and 1908 remains a mystery. However, there has been speculation that the building was once home to a brothel and gambling parlor. In 1908, Asbury B. Christian purchased the building, laid the Greek tile floor, and operated Twentieth Century Lunch until 1915. Between 1915 and 1944, the building was occupied by a number of businesses including a florist, a smoke shop, and other restaurants. In 1944 Stanley Karwin purchased the building, installed the bar, and named it Jay Tavern, which soon became a Schenectady landmark, and remained in business until 2000. We purchased the building in 2000 and on April 10th Ambition was born! While cleaning out the upstairs, we found a number of old relics from the building’s early days such as gambling tokens and a corset. However, we unknowingly awoke the spirit of Asbury B. Christian. Because of similar descriptions, we’ve nicknamed him Blackboots. His spirit has remained in the building and has been seen in the restaurant by staff and customers alike. So if you’re eating and somebody touches your shoulder and when you turn around, no one is there, just give Blackboots a nod. He just wants to make sure you have a good visit!

Read More >
Add Review
Thanks!
Your Rating
1
2
3
4
5

Be the first to add a review to the Ambition Coffee House & Eatery.

Ambition Coffee House & Eatery

154 Jay St
Schenectady, New York
12305 USA

Hours not available

Is there a problem with this listing? Let us know.

  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Wifi
  • Street Parking
  • Yes Parking
  • Haunted

Own this business?

Claim your business to keep your
listing's information up to date.

Claim

Nearby Hotels

Schenectady, New York
FastBook
$$

Click to find a
great deal for this hotel

Schenectady, New York
FastBook
$$

Click to find a
great deal for this hotel

Schenectady, New York
FastBook
$$

Click to find a
great deal for this hotel

Schenectady, New York
FastBook
$$

Click to find a
great deal for this hotel

102294