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Re: “A week at Midtown

Yes indeed, it is so wonderful to finally be back home. This is my 10th year bartending there (I am considered the "weekend warrior" and head bartender on Fridays and Saturdays) and it was truly a sad day when we watched it burn. I had actually worked the night and morning of the fire. After getting home and showered and "situated" and before I was actually able to sleep, the texts and calls started pouring in.... "Midtown is on fire!", "Brannon, You have to get here now-Midtown is burning down!", etc etc. I got dressed and drove straight back to the bar where other employees, regulars and spectators continue to arrive and gather for that surreal moment. That day CHANGED EVERYTHING. Being a single dad of 2 young boys and having quit my State Gov job just weeks before to focus more time on Midtown (work and marketing), watching not only my income but also my "home away from home" who I shared with my work family, go down in literal flames. We all drifted apart, all trying to find comparable work and it was rough! Even with a Bachelors degree and extensive experience in bartending as well as sales and marketing, it was a nightmare finding work (not only for me-for everyone). Anyway, I digress.... went on a tangent! Hahahaha! Point is, I am ecstatic we are back and it has been amazing see all the people again and reuniting our little family. Thank you again to everyone who helped us, who threw benefits, who lent an ear and shoulder and of course thanks to all you incredible regulars who came back like not even a day had passed!

FANTASTIC article and I appreciate the time and obvious effort given and the submersion into the Midtown environment in order to paint a very accurate and fair portrayal of Little Rock's favorite dive bar.
SEE YOU GUYS THIS WEEKEND!!!
-BB

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Posted by Brannon Brekeen on 07/24/2017 at 1:20 AM

 

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