Nightclub bar – Tup Tup Thu, 24 Nov 2022 13:30:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nightclub bar – Tup Tup 32 32 NYC officials push for LGBTQIA+ bars and nightclubs to be protected from hate crimes Wed, 23 Nov 2022 19:45:32 +0000

Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell are proposing legislation to further protect LGBTQIA+ hangout spaces.

The bill would expand the Safer Communities Against Hate Crimes program to include gay and transgender bars and nightclubs, allocate funds to provide necessary safety measures to the company’s at-risk customers and enable them to hire additional security personnel.

“LGBTQ bars and nightclubs are meant to be safe spaces for our community. But as we have seen, they are under attack across the country,” Hoylman and O’Donnell said in a joint statement.

This call to action follows a mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, in which a gunman killed 5 people and injured dozens more.

“The recent mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs is reminiscent of the Pulse nightclub shooting massacre in Orlando, which was the deadliest anti-LGBT crime in US history. With the Supreme Court’s sweeping reversal of common sense gun violence prevention laws and far-right homophobic and transphobic fear-mongering, New York’s LGBTQ community is extremely vulnerable,” Hoylman and O’Donnell.

The Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes program was established in 2017 and provided grants to institutions vulnerable to hate crimes because of the identity of their members or those they serve based on religion, gender identity or other factors.

According to politicians, the program is currently limited to non-profit organizations only. Grant recipients can receive up to $150,000 and as of November 2022, the program awarded $83.1 million to 600 organizations supporting approximately 1,700 projects.

Governor Kathy Hochul recently unveiled that the state is accepting applications for an additional $50 million grant. Both Hoylman and O’Donnell want this to also be extended to bars and nightclubs which could also be at risk.

“LGBTQ bars and nightclubs are struggling to keep their patrons safe in these perilous times. As recent tragedies have shown, our community is vulnerable. I strongly support the efforts of Senator Hoylman and Assemblyman O’Donnell to expand the Safer Communities Against Hate Crimes program to include LGBTQ bars and nightclubs,” said Bill Morgan, operator from the Stonewall Inn.

A man walks into a bar – Another horrible day at the United Guns of America Wed, 23 Nov 2022 17:02:27 +0000

We’ve all been to a place like Club Q. An unassuming place tucked away in a strip mall that doesn’t look like much on the outside, but provides a haven for LGBTQ+ people and their allies on the inside . A place where people can be themselves, hang out with friends, dance, have a drink, and just take a break from the exhaustion of living in a world that, despite progress, doesn’t exactly welcome people LGBTQ+.

I remember going to one of these bars with my wife before we got married. I wasn’t even 21 yet, so I had to wear a glowing necklace that communicated to bartenders that I shouldn’t be served alcohol. My wife and I danced and then ended up playing pool with an older lesbian couple who were breaking up and their daughter, who was around my age. The older lesbians were sad, but clearly on good terms, and they taught my wife and I how to play pool. This was Michigan back when you could still smoke in bars, and I remember the cigarette smoke was thick and the reason we called it a pretty early night. I still wonder about this family and hope they are all well.

That this latest shooting happened on the tracks of Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs is home to Focus on the Family, a powerful corporation that peddles anti-LGBTQ+ hate under the guise of Christianity. Her partner organization, the Family Research Council, is based in Washington DC, where she works full-time to elect anti-LGBTQ+ leaders and develop anti-LGBTQ+ policy.

In 2016, we felt the horror and grief of the Pulse shooting in Orlando where 49 people were murdered and 53 injured. And in the years since, absolutely nothing has changed when it comes to guns, and the anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric has only increased. And so it’s no surprise that it happens again.

One of the reasons why five people and not 49 people were killed and injured was because US Army boss and veteran Richard Fierro tackled the shooter, grabbing one of his pistols and hitting him repeatedly. times on the head.

“I looked across the room and the guy was standing in the doorway. I ran across the bar, grabbed the guy from behind, pulled him down and pinned him against the stairs,” Fierro told The Washington Post. “I took control of the scene as best I could. I just hit the guy with the gun, hitting the back of his head.

He chose the back of the shooter’s head because it was one of the only places not covered by body armor. The shooter had come prepared for war.

Fierro is a hero in this situation, without a doubt. But it’s a totally unfair and unrealistic expectation that Americans have to be battle-ready to go to a nightclub, or to the grocery store, or to the movies, or to school. All so that we can adapt to an unhealthy and deadly obsession with guns.

I’m so sick of the violence. In a country obsessed with guns and awash in white supremacy and Christian fascism, violence is unleashed time and time again on marginalized communities, whether it’s LGBTQ+ people and allies in a nightclub, of black shoppers in a supermarketor Jews to synagogue.

And then we have pro-fascist idiots like Colorado’s own Lauren Boebert, who won re-election by less than 600 votes, tweeting things like, “The news from Colorado Springs is absolutely horrible. This morning, the victims and their families are in my prayers. This lawless violence must stop and end quickly.

If you’re unfamiliar with Boebert, you might wonder why anyone would dispute that statement. But if you know Boebert, you know she doesn’t just like guns (the “L” in her campaign logo is a handgun and the “O” is a bullet and her campaign slogan is ” Pro-Freedom, Pro-Guns, Pro-Constitution” – a document I have no doubt she has never read, if she can read at all), but is also staunchly anti-LGBTQ+ . She blithely pushed the idea that LGBTQ+ people are “healers” (i.e. child molesters) and that drag queens pose a danger to society.

On Twitter, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) responded to Boebert, “You’ve played a major role in elevating anti-LGBT+ hate rhetoric and anti-trans lies while spending your time in Congress to block even the gun of common sense. safety laws. You don’t get ‘thoughts and prayers’ to get out of it. Look inside and change.

Boebert’s chances of change are slimmer than his margin of victory. It’s yet another reminder that voting really matters. Voting is against violence.

Video shows suspect in New York gay bar attack Tue, 22 Nov 2022 18:15:22 +0000

The New York Police Department is on the hunt for a man wanted in connection with a series of brick attacks on a Hell’s Kitchen gay bar.

The suspect is seen in new video walking around a market wearing blue jeans, black tennis shoes and glasses, with a green hood protruding from under a dark colored jacket.

The NYPD Crimestoppers said in a tweet that he threw “a rock” – later clarified by police as a brick – at the nightclub window AROUND November 13, 15 and 19, causing damage.

On Tuesday afternoon, police said they were questioning someone about the brick throwing.


NYPD is looking for this man in connection with incidents of criminal mischief

At least one incident of “criminal mischief” was filmed and no one was injured in any of the incidents.

In surveillance video shared by New York City Councilman Erik Bottcher, the man can be seen walking towards the establishment, looking inside and then throwing something out the window. The camera shows several women inside reacting to the attack.

“This man has thrown bricks at the window of @versbarnyc FOUR times in the last few weeks. These are hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community. Help us identify him,” Bottcher said.

The perpetrator is seen in CCTV footage

The perpetrator is seen in CCTV footage


Bottcher urged people to contact the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force, and investigators shared an updated image of the suspect.

So far no one has been arrested and police said they could not confirm the same individual was behind all the attacks.

According to Fox 5 New York, VERS owner David DeParolesa told the station that he remains convinced he was targeted.

The suspect walks out with a drink from the store

The suspect walks out with a drink from the store


“The third break happened two hours after I replaced the window,” he said. “Which leads me to believe that the person saw that the window had been replaced and came and wanted to break it again.”

There is a reward for information of up to $3,500.

People are encouraged to contact @NYPDTips or 1-800 577-TIPS with leads.

Fox News’ Pilar Arias contributed to this report.

Gay bar shooting suspect faces murder, hate crime charges Tue, 22 Nov 2022 01:09:52 +0000

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The man suspected of opening fire at a Colorado Springs gay nightclub was being held on Monday for murder and a hate crime, while hundreds of people gathered to honor the five people killed and 17 injured in the attack on a place that for decades has been a sanctuary for the local LGBTQ community.

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, faces five murder charges and five charges of committing a bias-motivated crime causing bodily harm in Saturday night’s attack at Club Q, online court records showed.

Authorities said the attack was stopped by two club patrons, including Richard Fierro, who told reporters on Monday night that he took a handgun from Aldrich.hit him with it and pinned him to the ground with the help of another person.

Fierro, a 15-year U.S. Army veteran who owns a local brewery, said he was celebrating a birthday with family members when the suspect “came to shoot.” Fierro said that during a lull in the shooting, he ran up to the suspect, who was wearing some sort of armor plate, and pulled him down before beating him severely until he arrived. the police.

“I tried to save people and it didn’t work for five of them,” he said. “They are all good people. … I am not a hero. I’m just a guy.

Fierro’s daughter’s longtime boyfriend Raymond Green Vance, 22, was killed, while his daughter injured his knee while running for cover. Fierro injured his hands, knees and ankle stopping the shooter.

The suspect remained hospitalized with unspecified injuries, but is expected to make his first court appearance in the coming days after doctors cleared him of the hospital.

The charges against Aldrich were preliminary, and prosecutors had yet to file formal charges in court. Hate crime charges would require proof that the shooter was motivated by bias, such as against the victims’ real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

Local and federal officials at a Monday news conference declined to answer questions about why hate crime charges are being considered, citing the ongoing investigation. District Attorney Michael Allen noted that murder charges would carry the harshest sentence — life in prison — while bias crimes are eligible for probation.

“But it’s important to let the community know that we don’t condone bias-motivated crimes in this community, that we support communities that have been slandered, harassed, bullied and abused,” Allen said. “And that’s one way of doing it, showing that we’ll put the money where our mouth is, basically, and make sure we try it that way.”

Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues, he said.

About 200 people gathered Monday evening in the cold in a city park for a community vigil for the victims of the shootings. People held candles, hugged each other and listened to speakers on a stage express both their rage and sadness over the shooting.

Jeremiah Harris, 24, a gay man, said he went to Club Q a few times a month and recognized one of the victims as the bartender who had always served him. He said hearing others speak at the vigil was galvanizing after the attack on what for more than 20 years had been considered a safe place for LGBTQ people in the conservative-leaning city.

“Gays have been here as long as people have been here,” Harris said. “To anyone who’s against it…we’re not going anywhere. We’re getting louder and louder and you have to deal with that.

The other victims have been identified by authorities and family members like Ashley Paugh, 35, a mother who helped find homes for adopted children; Daniel Aston, 28, who had worked at the club as a bartender and entertainer; Kelly Loving, 40, who her sister described as “caring and sweet”; and Derrick Rump, 38, another bartender at the club who was known for his quick wit and adopting friends as family.

Vance’s family said in a statement that the Colorado Springs native is adored by his family and recently got a job at FedEx, where he hopes to save enough money to get his own apartment.

Thomas James was identified by authorities as the other customer who intervened to arrest the shooter. Fierro said a third person also helped – a club performer who Fierro said kicked the suspect in the head as she ran.

Court documents establishing Aldrich’s arrest were sealed at the request of prosecutors. Information on whether Aldrich had an attorney was not immediately available.

A law enforcement official said the suspect used an AR-15 type semi-automatic weapon. A handgun and additional ammunition magazines were also recovered. The official could not publicly discuss details of the investigation and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

Thirteen victims remained hospitalized on Monday, officials said. Five people had been treated and released.

Officials said on Monday that 18 people were injured in the attack, not 25 as they originally said. Among them was a person whose wound was not a gunshot wound. Another victim had no visible injuries, they said.

Colorado Springs, a city of approximately 480,000 people, is 110 kilometers south of Denver. Mayor John Suthers said there was “reason to hope” that all of the hospitalized victims would recover.

The assault quickly raised questions why authorities didn’t seek to take Aldrich’s guns away from him in 2021, when he was arrested after his mother reported he threatened her with a pipe bomb and other weapons.

Although authorities at the time said no explosives were found, gun control advocates have questioned why police did not use Colorado’s “red flag” laws to seize the weapons that his mother says she has in her possession. There are no public record prosecutors ever advanced with kidnapping and threatening charges against Aldrich.

It was the sixth massacre this month, and it came a year when the nation was rocked by the deaths of 21 people in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.. It also brought back memories of the 2016 massacre at gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida, which killed 49 people.

President Joe Biden spoke by phone with Colorado Governor Jared Polis and will continue to press Congress for an assault weapons ban “because thoughts and prayers just aren’t enough,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said Monday.

A makeshift memorial that sprung up in the hours after the attack continued to grow on Monday as a stream of mourners brought flowers and left messages of support for the LGBTQ community. The firing site remained cordoned off.

“It’s a reminder that love and acceptance still have a long way to go,” Colorado Springs resident Mary Nikkel told the site.

Since 2006, there have been 523 mass killings and 2,727 deaths as of November 19, according to the Associated Press/USA Today database of mass killings in the United States.


Bedayn is a member of the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on underreported issues.


Associated Press reporters Haven Daley in Colorado Springs, Colleen Slevin in Denver, Darlene Superville in Washington, Stephen Groves in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Jeff McMillan in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Matthew Brown in Billings, Montana, and researcher in news Rhonda Shafner from New York contributed.

Kim Petras speaks out on mass shooting at Colorado Springs Gay Bar Mon, 21 Nov 2022 20:51:00 +0000

Melissa Etheridge will never forget the first time she walked into a gay bar.

She was 18 when she walked through the doors of a Boston nightclub called The Prelude in 1979. “It was scary,” the music icon tells me. “But the second time I walked in, I was like, ‘OK, my people. I’m at home.'”

I spoke to Etheridge on the American Music Awards carpet on Sunday afternoon. It hasn’t even been 24 hours since we learned the terrible news that a gunman killed five people and injured at least 25 others in a late night shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs. , Colorado.

“My love goes out to all of my brothers and sisters in Colorado Springs,” Etheridge said. “This problem we have in our society – fear of others – is an epidemic and a disease. Saying that people who are different are to be feared created this kind of event.

Kim Petras said she was first accepted into gay clubs. “I’m someone who’s needed gay clubs since I was a kid to feel at home anywhere and to hear the music I wanted to hear and be around people who see me for who I am,” he said. said the “Unholy” hitmaker. . “It was my safe place as a trans girl, as a teenager, as someone who didn’t fit in.”

Petras, who grew up in Germany and is now based in Los Angeles, called for stricter gun control in the United States. “The only place where I feel accepted and free is a gay club,” she said. “Something must be done.”

Dove Cameron, who identifies as queer, said she and her team had a group hug and a moment to honor the Colorado Springs victims before heading to the AMAs. “It’s incredibly fucked up. It’s incredibly disheartening. It’s depressing,” she said. “If you’re in the public eye, even if you’re not queer, you have to speak out, you have to say something because the public is likely to be influenced. There is a lot going on right now that is anti-queer. We all need to take a stand and stand with our queer friends and do our best to our community.

She added: “Queer visibility is more important than ever…it’s in a permanent state of importance because of the magnitude of our rights to be won right now.

]]> The owner and patron of South Fla’s LGBTQ+ bar. reflects on Colorado nightclub shooting Mon, 21 Nov 2022 05:30:00 +0000

A a mass shooting claimed the lives of five people and injured at least 25 other people at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis, the first openly gay man elected governor in the United States, decried the fatal shooting as “a horrifying and devastating extension”.

Closer to home in South Florida, LBGTQ+ residents and leaders said they felt the same way.

Ron Amodio, the owner of the Mad Hatter Lounge in Lake Worth Beach, told WPTV he was shocked that a shooting at a gay nightclub had happened yet.

“It’s unbelievable that there is so much hate,” Amodio said.

Mad Hatter is a popular bar for the LGBTQ+ community. Amodio said he celebrated his 10th birthday on Sunday. It was a happy day with a full bar, but he still said Saturday night’s shoot in Colorado loomed in the shadows.

“It’s unbelievable that there’s so much hate,” said Ron Amodio, owner of the Mad Hatter Lounge in Lake Worth Beach, after another mass shooting at an LGBTQ+ nightclub, this time in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“We had some doubts about it,” Amodio said.

Safety issues are a heartbreaking reality that many members of the LGBTQ+ community face every day.

“Every time I come here I always have this in mind, I’m not going to lie,” said customer Leo Hedlund. “I always look at exits, where is closest to me every time I come here, just because we have to be aware of that. But that’s not going to stop me from living my life, because I shouldn’t be afraid to live my life because someone else doesn’t understand it or someone else doesn’t agree with it.”

Compass Community Center leaders sent this statement to WPTV:

“News of the LGBTQ community shooting in Colorado is sudden horror that follows years of heightened rhetorical and legislative attacks targeting LGBTQ people. We are deeply saddened for the friends and families who have lost loved ones. dear in this senseless act of violence and hatred.

When an armed individual opened fire Saturday night at Club Q in Colorado Springs last night, he was looking to eradicate the safe spaces where our community goes to relax, be together and exist. More than 50 years ago, the Stonewall Riots were a reaction to endless police raids and abuses suffered by our community. Today, our Pride celebrations are our response to those who attempt to silence us and erase our ability to live in a free society.

The LGBTQ community has never allowed hate, bigotry, ignorance or judgment to define us, belittle us or destroy us, and we won’t start now. Those who wish to drown us in darkness will find that the bright and bold colors of our inclusive rainbow flag will not fade.

Today is Transgender Remembrance Day; when we stop to recognize those who were killed for no other reason than their authentic life did not fit someone else’s rigid dogma. We condemn all acts of violence and seek to work towards a time when this senselessness is a thing of the past.”

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Inside Hartlepool’s ‘biggest sports bar’ Eskimo Joe’s – opening in former Popworld club this week Fri, 18 Nov 2022 21:44:15 +0000
The new bar will offer affordable food and drink./Photo: Joe Franks

Bosses of Eskimo Joe’s, in the former Popworld and Yates pub, have confirmed that the new bar will open on Friday evening November 18.

The site has been revamped and will feature 11 screens where fans can watch the latest sporting action, including the FIFA World Cup.

There are pool tables and arcade machines at the new bar./Photo: Joe Franks

Guests can also enjoy affordable burgers, pizzas, and homemade drinks, with pool tables and arcade machines also on offer.

While the bar will begin to welcome customers from 7 p.m. on Friday evening, it will mark its opening the next day with a fire-eater show at 9 p.m.

Manager Joe Franks said he hopes the bar will help people enjoy a fun night out and tasty food without spending a fortune.

“It’s good value, with a friendly touch,” Mr. Franks said.

The bar opens in time for the FIFA World Cup./Photo: Joe Franks

“It has a personal touch, but it has franchise value. The staff here are really caring.”

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The bar will be sporty during the week, turning into a nightclub on Fridays and Saturdays, when it’s open until 2 a.m. and DJs play a variety of music, including clubland.

“I think we have the best setup in town. We’re the biggest sports bar in Hartlepool. You can see a screen from all over the room. There’s no bad seating in the house,” said Mr Franks.

He added: “We are all ready for the World Cup.”

It is hoped that Eskimo Joe’s will mirror the success of The Open Jar and become a local franchise, with a second location potentially in Teesside.

The Open Jar opened its first restaurant in Hartlepool in 2017, followed by a location in Norton and an upcoming third location in Northallerton.

Eskimo Joe’s will be open 12 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

New Moroccan-Themed Piano Bar Opens in Denver | Brittany Anas Fri, 18 Nov 2022 19:42:10 +0000
Chez Roc is a cutting-edge piano lounge now open in Cherry Creek.At Roc’s

By Brittany Anas/NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, CO) A new Moroccan-themed piano bar is opening in Denver’s Cherry Creek neighborhood, serving up riffs on cocktails like a spiced harissa margarita with dates and design details like Middle Eastern lanterns and keys cobalt blue reminiscent of Chefchaouen (the famous “blue city”).

At Roc’s, 222 Clayton St., took over the space previously occupied by Five Nines, which opened in early 2022 but closed when the Clayton Members Club and Hotel partnered with Quality Branded to revamp its dining concepts and drinks. A grand piano has replaced the burlesque stage in the clandestine space, and the cocktail lounge brings in local pianists to provide the soundtrack.

The mid-century living room, designed by AvroKo and Handwerk Art & Design, was inspired by a matchbook found in legendary El Morocco, which was a Manhattan nightclub and celebrity hotspot from the 1930s to 1950. The same blue and white zebra stripes that adorn the matchbook now wrap the bar in the form of eye-catching custom wallpaper. Curvy velvet banquettes and gold tables accent the space.

Quality Branded, a New York-based restaurant group behind Michelin-starred Don Angie and Chez Zou, recognized as one of Esquire’s best bars in America, is expanding its presence in Cherry Creek with the opening from Chez Roc. The restaurant group also operates Quality Italian in Cherry Creek North’s Halcyon Hotel. They also opened Cretans, a Mediterranean wine bar, and Kini’sa Greek restaurant, inside the Clayton.

Chez Roc’s cocktail menu was curated by Cherry Creek native Joey Smith, who is the bar manager at Chez Zou and Zou Zou’s in New York City. The menu includes spins on martinis, Gibson, Manhattan, Sazerac and other inventive cocktails like a Tamarind Sour with whiskey, tamarind, butter, lemon and cardamom.

Chez Roc is a cutting-edge piano lounge now open in Cherry Creek.At Roc’s

Small bites include oysters and pistachios that are flambéed table side.

Chez Roc is open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

“Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye” Thu, 17 Nov 2022 20:31:43 +0000

In one of the more unusual Twin Cities restaurant BOGO deals, Uptown Minneapolis’ oldest bar was hosting a special where you received a free spaghetti dinner – served in a one-liter glass – with the purchase of draft beer.

This special ends with the closure of the Williams Uptown Pub & Peanut Bar, which posted a sign on its door, at 2911 Hennepin Av. in Minneapolis: “Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye. Williams is permanently closed.”

Racket MN first reported the closure.

This is the second such announcement from Williams this year. The place temporarily closed in early 2022 after a shooting near the business. But this time, the closure seems final. Williams’ website and social media accounts have been taken down.

Since the 1970s, Williams had been an Uptown staple, a popular spot for regulars and neighborhood locals alike to watch sports on a plate of wings, play pool — and try to avoid stuck-on peanut shells. on the ground.

He had been credited, in the Star Tribune, with kickstarting the neighborhood’s transformation into a nightlife district.

The sprawling two-level space had ample room for multiple concepts. In the 1980s it was home to a comedy club called the Funny Bone and the Barracuda nightclub with a game room and what was billed at the time as the largest dance floor in the Upper Midwest. Comedian Tom Arnold worked as a “bartender/bouncer/whatever” in the 80s.

For a short time in the 90s, the bar had an upstairs nightclub, Chaos, which had a reputation for violence and excessive drunkenness. Williams was remodeled in 1994 and redefined itself as an imported beer bar long before Minnesota’s beer boom, at one point expanding its beer list to 246 labels, 40 of which were on tap. More recently, it was known to attract large groups of post-college crowds.

The area around Hennepin and Lagoon Avenues has been in flux in recent years, with a number of high-profile closures, including Uptown Tavern & Rooftop, which closed in October.

Other recent closures include Hammer & Sickle, the Fremont, Cowboy Slim’s and the Pourhouse Uptown. Not far away on Lake Street, Amore Uptown announced this week that November 20 would be its last day of service.

But there have also been openings, including new businesses at many of these same addresses. Hammer & Sickle became BreakfastKlub and the Fremont is now Fire House Restaurant & Lounge. A concert hall called Green Room takes over the Pourhouse space. Arts and Rec, restaurant and mini-golf room, has just opened in the former libertine space. And Amore Uptown will have new life as a concept owned by Kim Bartmann.

Playhouse in Northampton: A popular town center bar celebrates its first year in business with a resounding success Thu, 17 Nov 2022 16:54:27 +0000

A popular Northampton bar is celebrating a ‘massively successful’ first year in business.

Playhouse, based in the former Revolution nightclub in Bridge Street, celebrated its first anniversary on November 8.

Playhouse General Manager Leslie Walker

General manager Leslie Walker reflected on his success. He said: “It’s fantastic. It was weird to convert an old revolution into something a little more exciting for the city. The concept is loved by the public and people just want to go out and feel like to get what they pay for. We give people an experience, there is always something to do here.

“The feedback from the public has been fantastic, we achieved #1 on Tripadvisor for the pizza, for the bar as well, it was brilliant. The public loves the experience. It’s a huge success.”

Leslie said: “It was fun because Northampton had never had anything like it before. It was nice to try out here and show it works. We loved doing it and didn’t realize at how diverse the incoming groups would be. b. We see everything from families to couples to nostalgic people coming to play old school games like Pacman, Space Invaders, Tetris. Our demographics are completely cross-sectional, which that we didn’t think would happen.”

Speaking of the games aspect of the bar – of which there is a wide range, including the bespoke Raceway track – Leslie said it brings together different groups.

He said: “People make friends. We’ve made a lot of friends. Playing games together is quite stressful. We load people onto the Raceway who don’t know each other and at the end they all have a beer downstairs together. You get couples challenging couples who don’t know each other. It’s just fabulous to see.

When asked what he had learned about the business, Leslie replied that “people didn’t want to sit still, they wanted to get involved”.

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He said: ‘During Covid a lot of people were forced to sit down and said ‘there’s your table, don’t move, don’t breathe’. Then coming to us, what we learned was is that we have to get people to open up, we want people to mingle, compete, talk Your table is just a base camp, it’s your domain, but get up and get involved I think that’s what people really like.

Leslie then revealed her secrets to success.

He said: “Our service, our pizza, our games. We work so hard to make the best products as quickly as possible. Instead of trying to do everything at once, we do one thing and do it the best we can. we can. We try to make it the best experience. We stick to it and do it right.

Going forward, Leslie says he is focused on the continued success and development of Playhouse. “The way it’s been received can only get better,” Leslie said.