by Bao Le-Huu
"Winter Park, y'all! "
Rolls off the tongue, no? Well, Winter Park Saloon hopes it will soon. That's right, (sub)urban cowboys, the City of Culture and Heritage is about to get its own Gilley's! The new country video bar opens this weekend in the former McRaney's Tavern space next door to 4 Rivers.
(Some twisty, coincidental background for you: The people behind the concept - John SanFelippo and George Maltezos - are partners with Foundation Presents principals Michael McRaney and Gerard Mitchell in premier downtown venues the Beacham and the Social. Now McRaney and Mitchell used to own and operate McRaney's there. However, they're not involved with Winter Park Saloon.)
For now, the saloon will focus on contemporary country music, which is unfortunate for hard-core country fans like me. But the owners tell us they plan on doing an open mic/acoustic night and a classic country night with live bands at some point. So hit 'em up like we will if you want them to deliver on that promise.
Anyhoo, the grand opening this weekend is hosted by K92 FM with 92-cent burgers on the old-fashioned half-barrel grill. Happy hour starts at 4pm and DJ DP from K92.3fm will start the late night party at 9:30pm.
Some other notable highlights from the press release:
Liquor flavored wine based products. So there will be vodka, rum, tequila, whiskey, and gin flavored cocktails as well. Jumping onto the trend wagon, let us not leave out the coolest of the cool Saki based drinks, boasting some of the best premium imported Saki in town with a 24% alcohol by volume.