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September 28, 2009

What they should have done with Canton Arts and Entertainment

I have a most excellent bar concept I would like to share with you, dear readers.

Dig it: Instead of the ultra-lame "Canton Arts and Entertainment," the folks who opened the new Boston Street spot should have names it Canton Arts and Entertainment Corp. Then, everything inside would be just like corporate offices were in the 1980s ...

Instead of booths, they'd have cubicles. The menus would be printed on '80s computer paper -- you know, the stuff with the frilly holey tear-off thingys on the sides of it.

All the servers would wear suits, and the female servers would wear those jackets with shoulder pads in them. And they'd all have classic corporate passive aggressive attitudes. Example:

Customer: Hey, can you bring me another glass of water when you get the chance?

Server: Oh, I'm sorry, I just don't think we're going to be able to make that happen for you.

Customer: What? I just want another glass of water.

Server: Yeah, no, that's just not feasible right now. Thanks.

Maybe I'll file this away in the Most Excellent Bar Concepts cabinet, right next to Fumbles, the sports bar for losers, and Big Kidz, the children's play-zone for adults.


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:36 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


As someone who is wasting their life in a cube, I'm not sure I would want to spend my social time in a cube...

You need to have box tvs broadcasting Max Headrom.

Frankie says ... get back to work.

Check out this montage of video dating clips from circa 1987. Terrifying. Absolutely terrifying.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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