Oh my god... you do not know how badly I want to crawl into a time machine, travel back to 1981, saunter into the rear entrance of Hat's, pull up a stool at the end of the bar, quaff a pitcher or four of Stroh's and pass out in Buckham Alley...That weathered canopy just... just... beckons...
used to work there when it was the brass rail great food and drink lawyers judges and flint business people were in attendance. this was owned by g. flaris? spelling who now is blue collar gourmet, redwood lodge, bubbas etc. greek night brought the greek people out for a dinner and lots of oopas and broken plates fun nights
I also worked there in 1982 when it was Hats Pub. Very Very old kitchen. A million cockroaches and mice everywhere. The Sippertswere nice guys to work for though.
> this was owned by g. flaris? spelling who now is blue collar gourmet, redwood lodge, bubbas etc. George Falaras.
I didn't know that Hat's was the old Brass Rail. That was where my grandfather ate lunch when he worked at Darby and Sons Realtors.
Had the longest back-bar in the City of Flint. Dubious distinction, but hey.
Whoa! Hat's Pub... I remember our band did an amature night there during the Christmas time frame in ... oh ... must have been the winter of 79. Memories!Carl
What band were you a member of?
Went by the name of "Comrades" most of the time. Three piece - mostly classic rock, but a lot of "new wave" stuff too. Carl
I still have my Hats Pub Tee. On the front Good Enough To Eat. On the back Hats Pub.
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