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St. Pete's Garage Bar officially shuts it down



Hope you took some pictures of all that fabulous Vitale Brothers artwork lining the walls of the Garage Bar in St. Petersburg. Because it's about to be gone forever.

The Garage Bar is finally shutting it down, and no buyer has stepped up to take it over, said property owner Harry Friedman.

"Right now, we're leaving it in an entertainment venue setup," Friedman said by phone from the Garage, where he was busy painting over the tattoo-inspired art on the walls. "No telling what's going to come along. We're going to keep it that way for a while, until we see what's out there."

Friedman said former owner Marty Schwab (who has since moved to Pennsylvania) had buyers lined up, but they and Friedman couldn't reach financial terms to close the deal.

"Whoever comes in will have to be pretty strong to keep the place well, and to keep the violence off the street and control the clientele," Friedman said. "The 600 block (of Central Avenue) has been having its problems, and we're going to be very, very particular about who follows (Marty) in there. Which means it's probably going to sit for a while."

Guess St. Petersburg's rockabilly crowd will have to hang out at Dave's Aqua Lounge for the time being.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:12pm]


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