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Larry Blake's closes.

wolfe Feb 4, 2011 04:25 PM

Just saw it on the news. I'm sure someone has good memories.
http://blakesontelegraph.com/

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  1. Civil Bear RE: wolfe Feb 4, 2011 05:47 PM

    Interesting. The last couple of times I tried to pop in for a beer I couldn't get a table.

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      oakjoan RE: Civil Bear Feb 4, 2011 07:31 PM

      Wow! I haven't been on Telegraph for at least 5 years...well, except the first block after Dwight to use up my credit money at Moe's and buy lavender at Lhasa Karnak. Larry Blakes had been open all that time. Again Wow!

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      Jason Kwong RE: wolfe Feb 7, 2011 06:04 AM

      The saddest part about the close is that local musicians lost another great venue.

      1. mariacarmen RE: wolfe Feb 7, 2011 07:14 AM

        wow.... my BF used to do sound there, like 20 years ago...

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          ML8000 RE: wolfe Feb 7, 2011 09:11 AM

          My Dad went to Larry Blake's in the 40s as a student. I went for lunch about 5 years ago, the food was average and forgettable.

          Any way, every time I've walked past it, there was a line and busy. My guess...it's not the business but the rent. That's a lot of square footage and a fifty cent p/f increase would be painful.

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            Robert Lauriston RE: ML8000 Feb 7, 2011 06:24 PM

            The landlord claims he reduced the rent 30%.

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              lmnopm RE: ML8000 Feb 7, 2011 06:30 PM

              You can be busy and have reasonable rent, and still not make it. If your average customer is a student and can't afford more than $4 for a beer, and has to nurse it, (s)he takes up the same space as someone ordering food with extras and fancy spirits, you can be busy, and go broke. 71 years was a good run, no matter.

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                bbulkow RE: lmnopm Feb 7, 2011 08:55 PM

                I found there music booking disastrously poor over the last 10 years. I never figured out why they couldn't book decent bands.

            2. majordanby RE: wolfe Feb 7, 2011 09:52 AM

              those two or three blocks on telegraph from the campus is pretty brutal. you would think with so many students and visitors, businesses can stay open. what surprises me about that area is those two or three stories between chipotle and bancroft...it's like a revolving door of businesses that always seem out of place (addidas? high end clothing?).

              and bars in berkeley are not exactly big (with a 30,000 student population, most of them residing within 10 miles of campus, you would *think* bars would be bigger..but, then again this is Berkeley...books and classes replace sports and boozing (for the most part)). raleighs, henry's meridian, jupiters, triple rock...pretty much it.

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