New bar plans big for musicians

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A new bar is opening soon—and it’s aimed at being St. Joe’s big entertainment hotspot.

The new owners of the old Bottom’s Up Bar & Grill are dropping the “& Grill” from their name. What they’ll no longer offer in the way of foods will be compensated for with bands, DJs, karaoke, and more.

Having sat dormant at 2007 Saint Joseph Avenue for some time, the building was purchased this past May by co-owners Seth, Bruce and Christy Hall, and Susie Dannar.

Dannar has plenty of experience working in restaurants and bars, and has managed a club before.

“It’s a hard line of work and you put in a lot of hours, but we have a great team here, so I’m really looking forward to finally running my own place,” Dannar said.

Dannar said each owner brings some area of expertise to the venture. Since they’re both musicians in the band Borderline, brothers Bruce and Seth Hall have the live music area covered—something they have especially big plans for.

“There’s so many artists and musicians, and people who are patrons of that in this town, and I really want to accommodate them,” Bruce Hall said.

Bruce Hall said he realizes there are many students in the performing arts at Western, and he looks forward to booking their talent as well.

In addition to featuring comedians in the future, Seth Hall said they’d like to add some large-screen televisions and serve as a sports bar.

“If they’d ever happen to get it on, we’d really like to feature and promote Griffon sports, because this is the town we’re in and we would love to do that,” Seth Hall said.

Other plans include college nights for over-21 Western students. Bruce’s wife Christy said they want to be community-minded by hosting special events for military and police, and by helping the less fortunate.

“One idea we’re talking about is having a different charity every month, like having people bring in food or clothing, since shelters have been packed,” Christy Hall said.

The Bottoms Up gang has done the renovation work themselves with a lot of much-appreciated help from friends like Jennifer Showalter, Jimmy Feiden and Aaron Craig.

Craig just happens to have recently attended Western as a business major and ROTC member.

“I’m still in the service, but changing duties a bit, so I’ll be deploying to Japan in a couple of weeks for training,” Craig said. “So in the meantime, I’ve spent quite a bit of time helping out with electrical work and whatever else needs done.”

Depending on how work progresses, the grand opening is planned for the next weekend or two. Updates, plus word on future events and other information, can be found at www.facebook.com

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