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Re: “Ivy Room Re-Opening

The new "Ivy Room" is a CROCK. After letting a suitable mourning period pass, my love and I (third date, Ivy Room, 2005) stopped in for a drink last Saturday. Gone was the air hockey table, gone were the coat hangers jammed with windbreakers, gone were the electronic poker games, and the four dollar whiskey sours, and the hot pink bathroom, and the "Colored" sign above the dinky little stage. Gone were fierce barkeeps, the ridiculous rockers, the slow serious bluesmen, and gentle Stuart and his magic feet. The jostling roomful of people who looked like they might have something interesting to tell you, or teach you. In their place? A decorating scheme straight from women's retail, a drink list straight from hell (nine-dollar "peppermintini," anyone?), and a handful of smooth-faced young professionals trying to look relaxed for each others' benefit. The old bronze cash register looked marooned, and we knew how it felt. The short story: Sugar Pie Desanto wouldn't walk through that door for all the hooch in the world, and I won't either. Next time you pass it, say a prayer for the ghost of the old Ivy Room--may she rise again.

Posted by Carolina Rose on 01/22/2007 at 2:57 PM

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