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Beer Goggles' Closing Leaves Void in Music Scene

The popular central Pinellas punk bar has unexpectedly closed its doors.

Mary Kougl had worked at , the Ulmerton Road watering hole populated by alternative bands and their counterculture-loving fans, since it opened in February.

She had graduated from bartender to manager to partial owner in the past nine months, and she and her boyfriend, Dave Simko, worked hard to bring popular music acts to the club, helping turn the place from a smoky daytime dive bar into a nighttime music hot spot.

So when Kougl got a call Nov. 1 from co-owner Nick Hall stating the bar was closing, effective immediately, she was shocked, stunned and sad.

"Nick texted me on Nov. 1 and said to call him. When I called, he said, 'Come pick up your stuff, we're closing, we're done'," Kougl said in a phone interview. 

"It was really heartwrenching," she said. "I'm thoroughly distraught about the whole situatiuon."

Kougl said Hall told her the bar was closing for financial reasons. 

On the night she heard the news, Kougl held a fundraiser to help pay rent and expenses. It raised $3,200, including $1,000 donated by a soldier stationed in Iraq, but Hall and fellow co-owner George Boyer did not accept the contribution.

Now she and the patrons of the bar are left to contemplate how and where they are going to enjoy the burgeoning punk scene in Pinellas.

"Without a major financial investor, there's nowhere to go from here," Kougl said. "It's really sad because people in this whole part of the county liked having a place the counterculture could call home.

"People are actually mourning the loss of this bar."

ds November 21, 2011 at 08:26 PM
Its common knowlege that the scumbags that leased the bar to them were dishonest jerkoffs. They keep "selling the business" to unsuspecting people and then find a way to put them out of business so they can do it again. It is a great moneymaking scheme. I feel sorry for the people that lost their money. Everyone in that mall knows about this scam.
Angelo Asignacion November 21, 2011 at 10:23 PM
That news is really saddening.... I wish that they could have done something to prevent that...! Their music scenes could have been wonderful.. Good Luck Go to Crumblrr.com

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