|The lounge was my Uncle Dougie's favorite place to stop for
some suds when he journeyed to Potsdam to visit Grandma Keegan and Aunt Ruby
Shaughnessey in the nursing home. It was located at the very end of the Ames
shopping plaza on outer Market St., Potsdam. Not a lounge like an airport
lounge or a fancy piano bar, it was a cozy little ten-stooler where thirsty
patrons took a load off and quaffed a few cold ones in peace and quiet.
No foosball table, no pinball or video machines, no Metallica
-- just the sounds of casual conversation and beer flowing from bottle to
The Lounge would have more aptly been named "The Pub," owing to its convivial Irish pub-style atmosphere. Pictured below is its former proprietor, Ralph, himself of Irish lineage, who had just turned retirement age and was pouring his last beers after running the place for 24 years. Ralph speculated he'd accumulated a big enough nestegg to carry him through his golden years. Only problem for Ralph is, the beer's not free anymore. So as of June 30, 1998, the Lounge has been under new management. We bid you farewell, Ralph, thanks for the many pleasant afternoons we've enjoyed drinking rounds of beer at The Lounge!