Saturday, 27 October 2007
Whiskey Wild to open in November
It used to be called the Alamo, for its shape, then it was an art gallery. Now, the cool old 1901 brick building next to the railroad tracks on Q Street at 19th is about to become the Whiskey Wild Saloon.
I parked the furry bike outside and walked among the ladders, Saws-Alls and stacks of chairs and met Jon Glover, who started building this place with his partner Larry Wycoff in August, and are about to open sometime soon - before mid-November.
Whiskey Wild is a "country rock concept bar," the first of several that Glover hopes to build. He has specially engineered a heavy-duty, 40-foot-long bar that is designed for drinking AND dancing: his bartenders and servers are also performers, and will break into song and dance throughout any given evening. This concept first saw light in Sacramento in the '70s, at the Great Northern on Fulton Avenue, and then failed at America Live in more recent years.
But Glover, who was a Sacramento Police officer from 1999-2005, inspires confidence. The guy seems to have done his homework, and his demeanor is cool, confident and friendly. A born host, with a bit of the understated bouncer thrown in, this guy knows midtown, and he's putting his money and a lot of creative energy into it.
I for one, am putting my figurative money on Whiskey Wild to be successful: He's bringing a concept bar to a small part of midtown Sacramento that is long on vacant lots, body shops and dive bars, but has little to recommend it unless you work for The Beeheemoth just up the street. The few people who work at The Bee and stick around downtown are going to find they have a favorite new place to drink. And eat.
And there's lots of parking for the cowboys and cowgirls who will be drawn downtown from their suburban rancheros. Yeah, midtown hipsters are going to have a problem with this - what, the Old Tavern isn't good enough? And some of those cowboys are probably...Republicans!
But this is a homegrown operation that will employ not just service people, but PLAYERS. Glover plans to entertain his guests completely, while keeping meals - basic food with "a southwest flair" - reasonably priced.
I like this guy, and I like his chances. And it's great to see that old building get a new life at 100 years old.
Yee haw, people!
Their website is www.whiskeywildsac.com - check it out.