Austin Chronivle: TCB BY Christopher Gray
May 23, 2003: Hole-y Cow!
Considering all the fanfare and hand-wringing that accompanied
the Hole in the Wall's closing last June, it's appropriate that
the venerable bar at 2538 Guadalupe reopened last Friday night almost
completely under the radar. That's not a misprint: The Hole in the
Wall is indeed open for business once again, a development that
comes as almost as much of a shock to management as the public at
large. "We opened practically overnight," says general manager Matt
Allen , pointing out that as of Friday afternoon, the club lacked
carpet, a jukebox, pinball machines, and most importantly, booze.
Miraculously, all those materialized one by one throughout the day,
and by 8pm, drinks were being poured, and word was rapidly spreading.
By Sunday night, musicians were showing up wondering if there was
going to be a Free for All. Not as of yet, though Allen says he
and Paul Minor are "in talks." It will be a few more weeks before
music returns to the freshly carpeted, kitchenless Hole, as Allen
has barely had time to sleep, let alone book bands. "We're moving
slow, and will be moving slow for a while," says Allen, adding that
the Hole is likely to start slow with the music, two or three nights
a week at the outset. "There's no reason to dive headfirst into
this." For now, patrons will have to be content with $5 pitchers
of Lone Star, free shuffleboard in the back room, and a jukebox
featuring Willie Nelson, ZZ Top, Neko Case, the Meat Purveyors,
T. Rex, and Pavement. "It feels so good," affirms day manager/bartender
Brooks Brannon . "It's hard to explain -- like wandering around
in the dark and the light comes on."
Brooks Brannon - Photo
from Austin Chronicle
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