Monday, September 17, 2007
I was tearing up the hardwood floors in the space at 117 Springstreet and it dawned on me that "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" should be playing. This space has been a gay bar 20 years or so, but will soon be a high class sports lounge called "Flask" and here I was tearing up the "Yellow Brick Road."
The new owners are my friends Jes Nolette and Andi Fawcett. As the past few owners have learned, the need open a gay bar has since passed in the town of Portland because most bar establishments welcome a gay clientèle. Don't despair my gay and lesbian friends, because this bar will be non-denominational when it comes to sexual orientation. Like Norm's Bar & Grill, Una and Cake, just to name a few, this bar will be open to everyone. The only requirement will be that you are a fan of watching sports and eating good food. Okay, so maybe that won't be a requirement, but it will definitely help you have a good time there. I know many gay men and women who are obsessed with sports, so now they will have a place to go where the game will always be on. The place is coming along nicely. New windows are being put in, a kitchen and even a bigger plasma HDTV. The new color scheme in the bar has really brightened up the space. No longer is the upstairs bathroom a scary dark cave that people will only use as a last resort.
When it opens, I'm sure many people will call it home base. Nothing like knowing there's a place where if the Sox or Pats are playing, you have somewhere to watch the game and enjoy a good meal and a beer. They hope to open sometime in mid-October. Oh yeah, imagine how funny it was to walk outside to tell them about my "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" analogy, only to find Andi, Jen and Jes all about 6 inches too short which rendered the use of the extended handle on the paint roller ineffective and they were also too short to reach the high spots with the ladder.
The Munchkins are transforming Muhchkinland into Emerald City....and that's the last of the "Wizard of Oz" analogies. The best part? I will no longer have to work there as a DJ and Graphic Artist. Now I can just be part of the "Flask" family and enjoy the games, the beer, the food, the people and let us not forget the Whiskey!
Stay tuned for updates!