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COLONIE A raging fire early Thursday morning leveled the former Saratoga Winners, a bar and concert venue once a regular stop for local and national acts just south of the Crescent Bridge on Route 9. Denis.
At least eight fire departments were involved, and the blaze took close to three hours to bring under control. When it was done, no part of the building, which had been closed for almost three years, remained standing.
The roadhouse style venue went through several owners and various periods of closure in the past decade, closing for the last time in 2006. A Saratoga Springs man purchased the building the following year, installed a new roof and gutted the interior, but despite web postings by the owner to have the place up and running by fall of 2007, no further work was done on the building.
The bridge remained closed because tanker trucks had to cross the bridge into Saratoga County to regularly bring back water, as there Jimmy Choo Replica Shoes Sale Store are no fire hydrants in the immediate vicinity of the structure, St. Denis said.
"A lot of people get nostalgic about this stuff. I don't," Etoll said. "But did we have fun there? We had more fun than you're supposed to have legally in this country. Electricity to the building had reportedly been shut off for over a year.
Jarzombek worked security at the venue for several years for local concert promoter Step Up Presents.
"I think a lot of bands' careers started out at Winners," said Scott Jarzombek, who played there over a dozen times as a bassist and vocalist for local acts like Burning Bridges and Only Revenge. Giuseppe Zanotti
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"Everyone has a Saratoga Winners story," he continued. "Everybody's got something funny that went on there they can talk about. The place just had character."
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Ted Etoll, owner of Step Up, organized shows there regularly for years, as did former owners Abdus Salam Arain and his brother Abdul Jabar, who sold it in 2007. Etoll noted that the place lacked major amenities, including sufficient and organized parking, and likely would have needed to be torn down and rebuilt if it were to be used again. These are among the reasons he declined to buy the building when approached about it after it last shut its doors.
He said that while the sound system, as well as the building itself, was not in the best shape, the crowds it drew made playing there worth it.
While he said the concert business is always changing and venues come and go Etoll, now co owner of Northern Lights in Clifton Park, needed a larger venue anyway, he said the place is remembered for a unique vibe.
Over the years, the place known to fans and bands alike as simply "Winners" hosted diverse national rock acts like Melissa Etheridge, Counting Crows, Peter Frampton, and the Black Crowes, among others, some in the early stages of their careers. It also hosted a plethora of national heavy metal and punk acts, like Cannibal Corpse, Lamb of God, Dead Kennedys and Pantera.
The owner reportedly had numerous issues with town officials over the dilapidated looking structure, best known in its later years for the huge chandelier that hung from the ceiling and its raucous atmosphere.
"It was a place that had that grimy, rock club character. There was sense of danger whenever you were there, and it really added to it."
It was also a popular spot of local bands and their fans.
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