May 12, 2013

Cue Club new and improved


PLATTSBURGH — A local pool hall has re-racked with a new, improved version.

Cue Club, located at 770 Route 3 in Airport Plaza in the Town of Plattsburgh, held a grand re-opening celebration April 20 after interior renovations.

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Bill Hathaway and his wife of 44 years, Connie, opened Cue Club in October 2011. At that time, they offered pool and had a license to sell beer and wine. 

”We saw the potential here was tremendous, so we decided to expand,” he said.

New bar a plus

They have obtained a full liquor license and have installed a beautiful hardwood bar. 

”That brings in a  lot more people,” Hathaway said.

He said the bar was crafted by Jason Gardner, a talented local carpenter who also helps run the club.

Cue Club features six nine-foot Olhausen pool tables. Hathaway said he designed those himself, after which Olhausen built them for him. 

Before they were put in the club, the tables were used in the 2011 Straight Pool Championships in New Jersey, which was televised on ESPN.

”These are top-of-the-line professional tables,” he said.

There is also one smaller table like those found in your local tavern.

The VIP room features a “waterfall” table, named for the unique shape of its support system. The secluded corner of the club is perfect for private parties and special events, Hathaway said.

People can even rent out the entire club, Hathaway said.

Other activities offered

The club now also offers darts, foosball and a Golden Tee video game. Patrons can enjoy viewing any of the five flatscreen televisions scattered throughout the club.

Music comes from a TouchTunes jukebox.

Cue Club has eight-ball, nine-ball and straight-pool leagues. It also has two dart teams playing in the Valley Vending dart leagues.

Hathaway said he plans to start promoting dart tournaments at the venue.

The club features subdued lighting, augmented by pool-table lights over each table. The playing area features beige carpeting with burgundy ceiling tiles.

There is plenty of black and chrome stool-style seating, with a number of black-leather sofas.

Hathaway said he was born in New Jersey and moved to the Plattsburgh area in 1968. He married Connie in 1969, the same year he started eight years of service in Vietnam.

He later was at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colo., then was a criminal investigator and judo instructor in San Antonio, Texas. Hathaway said he was a trainer for the U.S. and Mexican judo teams in 1974 and 1975.

The couple returned to the North Country in the mid ’70s. They opened Northern Adjustment Bureau, an independent insurance adjustment business, in 1983.

Their son, Michael, eventually took over that business, but Hathaway said he wasn’t ready to fully retire. That was when he decided to take advantage of his passion for pool, which he has played since he was 12 years old.

Pub fare available

Cue Club is in the former Burgundy Room location. Presently, patrons can grab pub-type fare such as appetizers, burgers and sandwiches.

Hathaway said he hasn’t utilized the spacious commercial kitchen to its full potential. It features a walk-in cooler, walk-in freezer and natural-gas service.

He would like to sublet it to the right person, which would allow for an expanded menu. Anyone who is interested is asked to call 569-0224.

Cue Club is open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Rates are $6 per hour, with specials on Wednesday nights such as $10 per couple per hour.

Lessons are available.

The business has developed a loyal clientele strictly through word of mouth. He described the atmosphere as classy yet comfortable, with no pretense.

“It’s not just a pool hall. We’re much more,” Hathaway said.

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