Originally created 10/07/04

Clubbin': Two new bars come to Broad Street



After a brief shuttering in May, Crossroads Bar downtown is reopening under new management and a new name, Biggie's Sports Bar.

Co-owner John Stringfield said the bar, which opens Friday, will feature golf memorabilia that he and partner John Fleming accumulated as caddies for the Augusta National Golf Club. From scorecards signed by Jim Kelly to golf balls that Tiger Woods gave them, Biggie's will have a sports-friendly feel.

One side of the bar has three pool tables and several dart boards. On the other side, the stage is augmented with a 106-inch projection screen for fans to watch football games. Eight more televisions have been set up around the bar.

When there are no big games on, Mr. Stringfield said, the stage will be opened up to local bands playing beach music and Dave Matthews-like tunes.

Mr. Stringfield was unfazed by the string of establishments, including Mally's Alley, The Warehouse, Woodstock Rock Club, The Garage and Crossroads, that have failed to catch on at the location.

"It's something we need downtown; there are places where you can shoot pool, and there are places you can watch a game; but there aren't too many where you can do both," he said. "My father owned Stringfield's, which is now Robbie's Sports Bar, and from the time I was 16, I was helping my dad out. It's just something we wanted to get our foot in the door."

Biggie's Sports Bar, at 1102 Broad St., is open noon to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Reach them at 364-4498.

ROOM 9, a lounge at 913 Broad St., has opened, nearly a year after a "coming soon" sign went up in the former jewelry store/warehouse.

David Fort, one of the owners, said the opening was pushed back from December to last Wednesday by "attention to detail" and the challenges in converting the building into a viable night club.

The lounge is focused on high-end martinis made with expensive brands such as Hangar 1 vodka. The average martini cost is $7 to $9. Hours are 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 722-0460.

Reach Patrick Verel at (706) 823-3332 or patrick.verel@augustachronicle.com.