Monday, July 07, 2008

Local Legend Finally Officially Closes

For anyone who follows my MySpace blog on truly random stuff... this shouldn't be surprising.

Longbranch Saloon shuts down in bankruptcy messWhile I rallied behind them in their first attempt to recover, the fact that they still employed the use of stiff cover charges, no acceptance of any kind of credit/debit cards, and maintained a staff with an attitude worse than any DMV office is still something I've yet to be able comprehend.

I guarantee you I run up a much higher bar tab when I've opened a tab with a card than when I'm paying with cash.

(Actually, while on the phone with a Nashville booking agent a few weeks ago, I mentioned to said agent that "the Longbranch still to this day doesn't take any type of credit card" and he laughed hysterically louder than I've ever heard any grown man laugh in my life. Ouch.)

PS - Bartenders that smile and say "you're welcome" when guests thank them for their drink and leave a tip usually help, too. I'm just sayin'...

PPS - Also via MySpace (and trust me, I cringe writing that... I truly do detest MySpace), the "artist formerly known as the Longbranch DJ" writes that the newest place in the Triangle for country music is... Sinners and Saints Saloon?

While I think the name is quite nice, I don't see it being on constant repeat in my calendar. For one, it's in Clayton. I'm all for visiting my Johnston Co. folks for a hell-raisin' good time... but not for a $10 membership fee with a $10 annual renewal.

City Limits and Buckhead Saloon can go after the country music market all they want and have me along for the ride any day over that crap. (Ok, excuse my crabbiness as I will probably possess said membership if they book enough country acts so that the fee is off-set by a member-price savings at each event... but in all honesty... I'm very skeptical. We'll have to see what happens.)


  1. It sounds like they were partially responsible for the problems that occured. Bad service and a cash only bar are not a good way to stay in business. That is too bad though.

    I hope you enjoy your week!

  2. That is the only place I've ever passed out! What to do, what to do?

  3. Trust me, you would NOT have wanted to pass out there recently the way they let it go... double guh-ross.

    On a brighter note, we have some mighty comfy couches at Buckhead and the Clarion Hotel is only 2 blocks away ;-)