angiespoolroom.jpg
Paul Diamond
The blue felt has been abandoned, for a while anyway.
Finally succumbing to months of zealous attention from regulatory and law enforcement officials,

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For Sale: Notorious Columbia City Dive Bar, Loved by Barflies, Hated by Yuppies

angiespoolroom.jpg
Paul Diamond
The blue felt has been abandoned, for a while anyway.
Finally succumbing to months of zealous attention from regulatory and law enforcement officials, Angie's--the only bar to make both the "best" and "most intimidating" lists in my best-selling novella, Seattle's Best Dive Bars: Drinking & Diving in the Emerald City--owner finally threw in the towel on his polarizing watering hole about a week ago.

But have we heard the last of Angie's? Perhaps not, reports Vernal Coleman over at the Daily Weekly.

Owner Andy Lee's bar is closed, but there are still two years left on its lease. So Lee, naturally, is looking for someone to assume that lease, which would presumably entail operating Angie's, provided a liquor license can be secured.

Granted, one could get better odds on the Mariners winning this year's World Series. But before Columbia City's cadre of cacophonous Caucasians get their undies in a bunch, they should take a deep breath and consider how much longer Angie's has been there than they have, and consider that it's one of the neighborhood's last hangouts that caters mainly to African-American tipplers.

They should also consider the character of the new owner, should one emerge. Darrell's Tavern in Shoreline has seen new life breathed into it since Dan Dyckman took over. Who's to say Angie's can't undergo a similar transformation while retaining its shopworn charm?

 
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