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November 27, 2007

Vice to replace Fletchers Bar

Some serious changes are in store for Fletchers Bar in Fells Point.

Ottobar co-owner Craig Boarman and partner Evan Tanner are buying the Fells Point pool hall and live music venue.

At the start of the new year, they plan to turn the downstairs into a sushi bar and Latin restaurant, while keeping the upstairs open as a club. They will rename it Vice.

"I wanted another outlet, and I always wanted to try food," Boarman said. ... 

Boarman also said they will keep promoter Paul Manna on until February and then reassess the booking situation.

Personally, I see no reason why Boarman wouldn't take over booking the club himself. He's done well with The Ottobar. 

The last hurrah for the downstairs of Fletchers is New Year's Eve.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:30 PM | | Comments (6)


sad but good news. that joint's been going down hill.
Hope they keep the Starburst cocktail though...yeah Sam. Ask about THAT one!

They need to get rid of Manna. He's done nothing for the Recher and nothing for Fletcher's. Maybe THEN they can get some good bands back to the place.

Wow, when somebody pointed the post out to me, I immediately started [griping] about Manna at Fletcher's. Glad to see the sentiment is shared.

i heard fletchers became a pay to play joint which is even worse than their old policy of $300 and 30% off the door.

Looking forward to a new hip hangout! Fells Point needs this!

Paul gets money because he books the shows for fletchers. There is no promotional efforts done on his part, and never once has he scouted for bands. He gets secondary bands for a show through the headliner about 90% of the time.

You ask him for a date to play, he says "so and so on the 13th". You say ok. Then he takes a portion of your money for doing jack sh*t. No need for Paul, I concur that Craig does fine on his own.
What they need to do, is find some good parking solution. Maybe partner with the parking lot across the way that's empty in the evenings.

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