Olde Towne Tavern, formerly Charlie's Tavern
So last weekend's nightlife had its lighter moments, in spite of the obnoxious drain on AFD resources babysitting drunks at the Mullins Center Rusko concert, as usual, alcohol related.
According to APD logs (early Saturday morning 1:55 AM): "A group of college aged individuals approached me and asked where there was a legal place for the them to urinate. I advised them to ask the staff at The Sub to use their facilities. They did not ask at The Sub and proceeded to urinate at the old Charlie's Tavern. The three observed were identified and sent on their way."
Relieved no doubt.
Like The Pub, located next door, Charlie's opened its doors during the anything goes 1970s--happy hours, lower drinking age, smoking in bars, lax attitudes towards drunk driving--but weathered all the changing attitudes and regulations...until the spring of 2010, when Charlie's Tavern closed suddenly after a long run of thirty years.
Within months banners appeared announcing Olde Towne Tavern "Coming Soon." The Zoning Board approved a Special Permit last year to take up business where Charlie's left off, and the Select Board approved the all important $3,500 liquor license. Then, nothing.
The principals also own Stacker's and McMurphy's located uptown within staggering distance, so it's a safe bet they will indeed open for business; I'm told later this month or next, in time for St Patty's Day, the mother of all drinking holidays.
McMurphy's is infamous for its St Patty's Day "Kegs 'n Eggs" promotion--a Mardi Gras like atmosphere where the alcohol starts flowing at 10:00 AM, although the owner described the clientele as "an older crowd."
But hey, at least they have functioning bathrooms.