Union alumnus sells iconic downtown restaurant

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After being featured in the Concordiensis in 2013 and 2016 as a model for many Union students wondering what to do with their liberal arts degree after college, Albany restaurateur Matt Baumgartner ’95, has announced that he has sold renowned Bombers Burrito Bar. Bombers, which is a staple on the strip in downtown Schenectady, opened in its current location in 2009, and has been a go-to stop for Union students ever since. Baumgartner, who famously bought the bar with $15,000 that he won playing poker, has since started a small empire of respectable restaurants in the capital region. As reported in the Albany Business Review, Baumgartner will be selling the business and franchising rights alike to the vice president of operations Jimmy Vann. Baumgartner will be looking to focus on projects outside of Bombers that reflect his evolution as a restaurateur. Baumgartner will now focus more on other restaraunts of his such as Wolff’s Biergartens with locations in Schenectady, Albany, Troy, and Syracuse. Additionally, Baumgartner told the Albany Business Review that he is looking to focus more on “June Farms.” The farm is a 120-lot in Hudson Valley that Baumgartner purchased several years ago, as he was looking to expand his businesess into other areas. The farm is a described on its website as a “small, gentleman’s farm,” that is also available for rent for “your wedding, private party or company retreat.” Ss Baumgartner puts one business into the rear view mirror for now, he has his sights set on the expansion of the other. For those that are looking to follow Baumgartner’s current path, he can be found on twitter as @burritoboy, with his following of around 11,000 people.

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