In the merry-go-round that is the Foster bar scene, it appears Gemini Lounge may be the next in line for a change. Or at least that’s what a recent liquor license application would suggest.
Backing up for a moment, though, let’s look at the last handful of years in the area.
Gemini was a welcome addition four years ago, and somewhat of a stabilizing presence when it replaced Lizards Bar and Grill. But in short succession before that, it was also Brown’s and then Reno’s (or Reno’s, and then Brown’s…not that it matters).
Across the street? Bob and Alice’s was a mainstay, albeit a divey and decidedly “old man” bar. (There’s always a place for that, right?) But after years of slow business and a series of armed robberies, Bob and Alice’s made way for Starday Tavern, which brought in live music and a changing clientele, but not a ton of new business. It also proved difficult to focus on for the owner, who also owns and operates Duff’s Garage. A couple short years later, Starday has been sold. Local resident, Justin Amrine, takes over as Starday’s new owner this Wednesday, hopefully bringing a more stable future to the space.
Further up the street, Amor Lounge, with their cheap gyros, belly dancing, house-made hummus and lottery machines, gave way to Knucklheads a few years ago. For those new to the neighborhood, Knuckleheads was a biker bar in every sense of the word. It stood where you all now know Bar Maven. Like we said, merry-go-round. That appears to be stopping with Bar Maven, though, as the bar and sidewalk seating seem close-to-filled more often than not.
With all the comings and goings, it makes O’Malley’s and Slingshot that much better. And for that matter, gives more appreciation to, say, a Red’s or Foster Gardens.
What seemed like one of Foster’s busiest bars just a few months ago—with a steady stream of live music, dj’s, drink specials, house-made chips, and a constant landing spot for bachelorette parties and Bear Pub Crawls—Gemini has taken a turn. Or so it seems. Live music is no longer; hours of operation have changed; some nights, doors are closed all together. We thought something was up. And then we came across a recent liquor license application that would suggest, at the very least, a name change is in the works. Perhaps an ownership change, too?
Enter Double Treble…
* Again, we’re just taking a stab in the dark here, and only noting it because of other recent changes in the local bar scene (not too late for an “RIP Smokey’s”). And also maybe (probably?) because it’s a slow blogging day.
As for Double Treble, the liquor license application alone does not indicate an ownership change. Rather, it simply shows a change in tradename, in which case we’ll look forward to a longer run of house-made chips, good drinks and a loungey vibe. But if not, perhaps a new era begins.
To be continued…