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I Miss The Talking Stick

I honestly don’t remember the first time I walked into the Talking Stick. Nothing would give me more pleasure than to boast about how I immediately fell in love. I think I first heard about her from my brother poet Mark Lipman. He mentioned that readings were done there. I seem to recall being impressed...

The Talking Stick Closes

By Eric Ahlberg The For Lease sign is up on 1411 Lincoln Blvd. The Talking Stick is closed. Bottom Line: I blame rents. The start of its demise began when Rich and Sherry Braaksma, the original owners, were forced back to Canada by the Immigration Department. Rich and Sherri were just absolutely sweet people. They...

Kim's Market to become an 80-seat Restaurant

By Greta Cobar Without providing any parking in an area that is already congested, some out-of-towners are planning on opening an 80-seat restaurant in place of Kim’s market at 600 Mildred. The proposed restaurant is planned to stay open 7am to midnight. The owners already have a restaurant in New Mexico, and plan to open...

The Roosterfish – Serving Gay Venice since 1979

By CJ Gronner Walking down Abbot Kinney, I heard a lady (carrying bags from a chain store) say to her friend, “Oh, that’s a gay bar,” as they passed The Roosterfish – and kept going. It most certainly is, and according to owner/manager of 23 years, Gary Mick, one of the hardest things about running...

An Animal House For Our Zoo

By CJ Gronner Animal House has been decking out Venetians for so long that owner, Ronny Kleyweg, can’t remember exactly when he opened. “The ’70s? The early 80s? I’m not that good at the math.” Me neither, but I DO know that I’ve loved every time I’ve ever stepped through the door at 66 Windward...

Menotti's Coffee Stop Opens On Windward

By CJ Gronner Way back in the day, there was Menotti’s Bar on Windward. Then came the Prohibition Era, and it became Menotti’s “Buffet”, a little grocery store to serve as cover for the Speakeasy downstairs, which also served as a distribution center for the liquor being smuggled through the underground tunnels from the off-shore...
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