|Artist: Thomas Van Stein|
Friends and customers have expressed concern about the removal last month of most of the art adorning our walls.
No, we are not going out of business.
No, we have not made a deal to sell the bar.
Two factors led to the art removal:
1. As our customers know, we are situated between two restaurants, each with a kitchen. Not having insurance for our art was no longer an option due to fire risk, and insurance companies out-priced us.
2. After almost four years of trying to promote ourselves as an "art bar," we came to our senses and returned to our roots as an iconic American saloon: the neighborhood dive bar.
This does not mean we have renounced our strict policies with regard to anti-aggression and anti-drunkeness.
We have created a warm, friendly ambience along with cultivating a cheerful, peaceful customer base, and we intend to ensure our high standards going forward.
By popular demand, we made an exception and returned Thomas Van Stein's amazing painting, The Graveyard Shift, to its prominent place overlooking the bar.
|Dead Artists Society|
Left-to-right at the bar:
Edgar Allan Poe, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Jack Kerouac, John Fante, Ernest Hemingway, Hunter Thompson, Charles Bukowski
We have also hung a collection of black & white vintage photos that celebrate saloons and pool halls in earlier times and others mocking Prohibition.
Additionally, our beer vendors have kindly gifted us with an assortment of neon signs.
We continue to do karaoke every Tuesday & Thursday starting about 8:30 p.m.
Come check us out!