So Long, Johnny's

@teamfreak16 (35046)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
March 8, 2017 11:06am CST
It's a sad day indeed here in the Colorado Springs area. I just read an article by Rich Laden in the Colorado Springs Gazette that has me bummed this morning. My favorite Downtown Colorado Springs bar, Southside Johnny's, is shutting down after 15 years in business. According to Laden, the building that houses Johnny's has been sold, and owner Johnny Nolan is unable to cover a 30% rent hike. I love this bar. I have spent many an hour in Johnny's, drinking, eating, watching sports, watching live music, doing homework, and just generally hanging out. The food was outstanding. The bar's motto was right there on the mirror: "It's better to eat at a great bar than to drink at a great restaurant." The beer was affordable and cold, and the service was outstanding. Nolan is close to opening a new, firefighter-themed bar on the westside of Colorado Springs. The majority of employees will make the move with him. Meanwhile, I'll be making my way downtown for one last beer. So long, Johnny's. I'll miss you. (Photo by me)
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@JohnRoberts (38606)
• Los Angeles, California
8 Mar
But no biker colors allowed! It's always rent hikes that do in small businesses.
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@teamfreak16 (35046)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Mar
A lot of bikers hang out there. It's a very diverse crowd, and everyone gets along. Great place. I will miss it.
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• Prairieville, Louisiana
9 Mar
@teamfreak16 I live in Baton Rouge and had never heard of the place until your post.
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@inertia4 (26878)
• United States
8 Mar
You know, that is all part of life really. And lately I have noticed that many real old landmark names have been going away as well. Like here in NYC, the Waldorf Astoria hotel has been sold to a Chinese investor and they will be turning the Waldorf into Condos. So no more Waldorf. And that has been in NYC for a very long time. So, these things do happen. And yes, rent always place in issue for the smaller businesses.
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@teamfreak16 (35046)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Mar
No more Waldorf? Wow. What a shame. I'm drawing a blank, but if the one that Sid allegedly killed Nancy in goes, that would be sad. That place is a landmark.
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@inertia4 (26878)
• United States
9 Mar
@teamfreak16 Yes it is a landmark. But big business don't care about landmarks. It is all about the money. I don't know anyone who could afford to live in Manhattan anymore. The cheapest rents there are like 3000 for a studio. And that is considered cheap now.
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@teamfreak16 (35046)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 Mar
@inertia4 - And they get it. Scary.
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@amadeo (45992)
• United States
8 Mar
One for you and your baby.So long Johnny's you will be miss.
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@teamfreak16 (35046)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Mar
Thank you. From all of us.
@amadeo (45992)
• United States
8 Mar
@teamfreak16 gotcha .do you have another one there to go?
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@teamfreak16 (35046)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Mar
@amadeo - Well, we still have the Royal Tavern here in Manitou.
@Corbin5 (78370)
• United States
8 Mar
A shame that the owner cannot afford the increase in rent. Hopefully, the new bar will be just as welcoming as the one that is to be no more.
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@teamfreak16 (35046)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Mar
II'm betting that they'll put a nightclub in there. Sad.
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@Corbin5 (78370)
• United States
8 Mar
@teamfreak16 That would be a shame. Kind of destroys all those good memories of a place.
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@teamfreak16 (35046)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Mar
@Corbin5 - There is a good Irish pub two doors down. I wonder if they are next.
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Mar
It is sad when a local establishment closes due to a sale and big rent increase. Have one for me too. A longtime local used book store with great space is faced with this problem here. It has hosted many great poetry and fiction readings, sells books by local authors and has lots of musical events as well.
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@teamfreak16 (35046)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Mar
Oh wow, it would be a shame to lose that.
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Mar
@teamfreak16 They are taking pledges and doing fundraisers. I will do what I can.
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@teamfreak16 (35046)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Mar
@JamesHxstatic - Good fighting spirit! Hope they make it.
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@NJChicaa (28231)
• United States
8 Mar
That is a shame. We'd be crushed if our regular hangout closed.
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@teamfreak16 (35046)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Mar
It's the end of an era. Such a cool place. This guy really knows how to run a bar.
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@NJChicaa (28231)
• United States
8 Mar
@teamfreak16 People still talk about the bars that my dad used to run and they've been closed for 20+ years
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@teamfreak16 (35046)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Mar
@NJChicaa - Legendary bars are the best. And few and far between.
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@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
8 Mar
We've lost two pubs here since the New Year. The last one only closed a few weeks ago and is already a big hole in the ground - more flats, no doubt
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@teamfreak16 (35046)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Mar
Two of them already? Such a shame.
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@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
9 Mar
@teamfreak16 Yes and it looks like the UK is not the only place where this is happening
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• Prairieville, Louisiana
9 Mar
I think the menu was way to small for dinner but lunch was a big menu with a lot of good options on the menu.
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@teamfreak16 (35046)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 Mar
If you're talking about Johnny's, you're right. I still thought the food was great, either menu.
@JudyEv (96347)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Mar
What a shame your favourite bar is closing. We lost a very nice coffee shop in town when the rent was increased by a substantial amount. Now it's empty and the owner is getting nothing for it. Sounds like karma to me.
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@teamfreak16 (35046)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 Mar
Yep, he deserves it.
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@andriaperry (30730)
• Anniston, Alabama
8 Mar
I have seen this happen so many times, this awesome Greek place closed due to the same thing.
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@teamfreak16 (35046)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Mar
Yeah, I hate greed. It was such a part of the neighborhood.
@LoriAMoore (9565)
• United States
8 Mar
That's a shame. I like the sign "No biker colors allowed"
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@teamfreak16 (35046)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Mar
A lot of bikers hang out there.
• Prairieville, Louisiana
9 Mar
Baton Rouge has a Johhnys but not a bar Johnny's pizza.
• Prairieville, Louisiana
9 Mar
I know how you feel my clothing store fashion bug closed.