Like me, many people who eat and drink at The Brothers Lounge these days were kids when the neighborhood tavern originally opened in 1959. Back then, the beer flowed freely as local blues players entertained patrons. Robert Lockwood Jr. was doing gigs there in the ’60s, and in its prime, nationally known musicians such as B.B. King and Buddy Guy rocked the house.
But four years ago, when Rodger Riggs and Chris Riemenschneider bought the building that dates back to 1911, the music hall had grown silent, empty and dilapidated. It took more than $1 million in renovations, but Brothers reopened in March 2008 to packed crowds eager for readmittance to the former hot spot.
Although the rehab is recent, it has a vintage been-there-forever feel attributed in large part to handcrafted, custom-built woodwork throughout the space. The new incarnation houses three distinctive venues rolled into one address, each offering an appealing trio of food, libations and fun.
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