Holland Bar May Reopen This Week

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The Times reports that the Holland Bar will reopen as soon as this Wednesday under the faithful stewardship of Gary Kelly, a salesman for Time Warner Security and the owner since 1998. It turns out, Kellys landlord pushed him out in hopes of selling the building when that didnt pan out, he rented the space back to him with a 20 percent rent increase. Heres the bad news: Much of the physical record of the bars history that had been pasted to its walls the photographs of customers who had died years before, the posters for shows at the dear, departed CBGB is gone, too. Mr. Kelly sent many framed pictures home with regulars as farewell gifts, other memorabilia went into storage. One of the relics of the Hollands lore an urn containing the ashes of Charlie OConnor, a former bartender had gone missing. The original sign, however, is still around, and Kelly is hopeful his regulars will come back for $4 beers.

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