Is this a sign that the town has finally exceeded its saturation point for bars? Two newish bars have closed in the last month– the Bad Boyz Pizza place out on West Jackson (how many ill-starred businesses have been in that place? Pizza Inn. Something else. Don Panchos, which I miss. El Charo succeeded and moved on, and I’m sure I’m missing several in there) and the very short-lived sports-fan-oriented bar where the Blind Pig used to be. Update: There already appeared at lunch today a new something-or-other in the Blind Pig space. The sign and sports stuff and neon is gone, but there was a menu in the window for “The Ghost Soldier.”
Meanwhile, the Blind Pig (which lost its lease when the building it was in changed hands) will be back, in space at the back of the Thompson building right beside the alley on North Lamar (the new building the Tollisons built). And I’ve heard rumors that the “piano bar” that replaced Murff’s is really just Murff’s with some pianos stuck in it.
While on the subject of businesses coming and going, both Movie Galleries are gone, and I have to wonder if Blockbuster is going to shut down the one here when it closes 22% of its stores next year (although this one I think is not owned by Blockbuster itself and so may survive).