Friday, March 9, 2012
Take a sneak peak inside the new restaurant and lounge in Downtown Ferndale.
A new restaurant that will feature "modern American" foods will open Saturday in the location of the former Club Bart in Ferndale. John D Bistro is described as a "fusion" restaurant and lounge featuring the designs of restaurant designer Ron Rea while retaining the funky charm of the original Club Bart. Owner Eddie Farah said he has been involved in the restaurant business his whole life but John D's is his first place of his own. He said choosing Ferndale as the home for his first restaurant was easy. "I've been hanging out in Ferndale since 2001," he said. "I love it. Everyone's laid back, everyone knows their food and wants to have a good time." Executive Chef Adis Celic, who attended Le Cordon Bleu in Los Angeles and graduated at the …
Friday, July 8, 2011
The longtime Ferndale icon closed June 26 for good. The once action-packed walls are now bare.
The walls are bare. Club Bart is gone. The longtime Ferndale bar, restaurant, venue for everything, closed its doors June 26 after nearly 15 years of business in Ferndale. Owner Bart Starks sold the space, and it is to become a European-American bistro. Peering inside now reveals a sight of bare walls, chairs stacked on other chairs and an empty stage that was once one of the most unique in the city is now gathering dust. The inside will be gutted for the new bistro, but that work hasn't started yet. Right now, it looks as if it is just clearing out all of what was Club Bart. The good news is that some of the tried-and-true aspects of Club Bart have found new homes in Ferndale. Duensdays, a live music series that took place Wednesdays at …
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Megan Frye gives her opinion of Club Bart closing ... and she isn't happy.
Hon·ky-tonk/ˈhäNGkē ˌtäNGk/ Noun: A cheap or disreputable bar, club, or dance hall, typically where country music is played. This is the last night at Club Bart. Ever. I’m drinking Scotch, sitting on the outside patio with my best friends and obnoxiously yelling lyrics to Guns N' Roses songs. And no one minds a bit. Actually people keep coming up to join in. This could have something to do with the fact the bar has run out of its last reserves of fermented yeast beverage, and is now doling out the hard stuff by the generous shot-ful. But I choose to believe it’s because Club Bart is the least boring bar in this town. There’s no pretense here. Just good tunes, good times and stiff drinks. Ryan Dillaha is breaking hearts onstage, people are …
Monday, June 27, 2011
Ferndale Patch put together several pieces on the closure of Club Bart. Here they are.
On Wednesday, there was a rumor going around that Club Bart was closing. Club Bart fans hit the longtime bar and restaurant's Facebook page with posts of, "Say it ain't so!" After a few calls that afternoon, Ferndale Patch confirmed that Club Bart was closing on Sunday, had been sold and would be turned into a "European-style bistro." Wednesday, June 22: Club Bart, Longtime Ferndale Bar and Restaurant, is Closing On Thursday, Ferndale Patch asked Club Bart fans to share the thoughts, memories, stories of Club Bart through the years. The mainstay opened in 1997, so there should be a lot to share. Thursday, June 23: When Club Bart Closes, What Will You Remember? That same day, Thursday, we compiled all the posts, comments and stories people …
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Resident, reader and Club Bart lover sends in photos he took of the longtime Ferndale bar, restaurant and venue's very last Saturday night.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Ferndale Patch reader and Ferndale resident Bob Bonnell sent in his pictures from Club Bart's last Saturday night. The longtime Ferndale bar, restaurant and venue will close for good on Sunday following a closeout bash. If you have any Club Bart photos you'd like to share with Ferndale Patch, feel free to send them to Ferndale Patch editor Terry Parris Jr. at Terry.Parris@patch.com. Check out Ferndale Patch's coverage of Club Bart here.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Club Bart owner Bart Starks talks with Ferndale Patch about closing the Ferndale mainstay.
Club Bart is closing. Sunday will be the longtime Ferndale bar and restaurant's last day. Club Bart owner Bart Starks and Club Bart staff talk with Ferndale Patch about its history, clientele, closure and what's next for them. Sunday, Club Bart is holding a Sunday bash called Cheers and Tears and everyone is encouraged to come out and show support and love for Club Bart. To read all of Ferndale Patch's stories about the closure of Club Bart, go here.
Friday, June 24, 2011
For 6 years, Melissa Smith has been slinging drinks and booking bands for Club Bart, which closes Sunday.
If you saw a band on Club Bart's stage during the past 6 years, Melissa Smith probably had something to do with it. Tall, with platinum hair, and definitely in charge, Smith bartended and booked bands for 6 years at Club Bart. Come Sunday, however, her time will be over, as the owner has sold the space. "We're upset, we just found out (Wednesday)," Smith said Thursday night right before the final evening of Club Bart's long-running open mic comedy night. "There were rumors going around, but we didn't know." Bart Starks sold the club to two brothers, Smith said, who plan to open up a "European-influenced bistro." "They are gutting the place to its bare walls," she said. The 15 Club Bart employees will have to find new work come Sunday, …
Standup comic and Club Bart's Comedy Night regular Mike Soave says goodbye to Club Bart's and its long running open mic comedy night.
“Well, that sucked,” said standup comic Erik Melin. What a great way to sum up Club Bart’s final night of comedy. This past Thursday, Michigan’s longest running open mic hosted by Joel Fragomeni came to an end. Club Bart’s is known in the comic community as a right of passage or a stepping-stone and is, in fact, where a lot of Detroit comics got their start. To describe Bart’s is hard. I could go into detail about the dim lighting, cramped space or how it always smelled of disappointment on Thursday evenings, but it’s something you had to have experience to fully understand. It’s where comics could go to stretch their legs, try new material and not be afraid of bombing. It’s where someone with no experience could go up for the first time …
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Ferndale Patch is pulling together all of your thoughts, memories and comments you have sent us or posted into one spot.
After nearly 15 years of music, comedy, friends and food, Club Bart will close at the end of business on Sunday. A "Sunday bash" was announced Wednesday night at Club Bart at midnight by longtime bartender Melissa Smith to celebrate all that Bart's was to Ferndale. Since Wednesday when we broke the news of Bart's closure, we've received several comments via social media, the website and through email. We'll gather them into one place here and continue to update as more come in. Feel free to leave your own memory, comment or thought about Club Bart's time in Ferndale. Here's what people have been saying on Ferndale Patch's website: Comments from the Ferndale Patch Facebook page: (The following comments were solicited from the question: What…
Club Bart's last day of business is Sunday and Ferndale Patch wants to know what you'll remember.
Longtime Club Bart bartender Melissa Smith got up on stage shortly after midnight Wednesday. "I'd like to let you all know that it's our last week," she said. Shouts of "boo!" quickly followed. "We're closing Sunday," she said. "Everyone have a good time. Cheers and tears!" News quickly spread Wednesday afternoon that Club Bart had been sold and would close Sunday. Ferndale's Downtown Development Authority Director Cristina Shepard-Decius confirmed that the Ferndale mainstay had been sold and would close Sunday. "We heard negotiations were happening prior to this but it closing this weekend is a surprise," she told Ferndale Patch Wednesday. Smith announced that Club Bart is holding a bash on Sunday and she said everyone is invited. "Great …