Anthony's opens in Third Ward
Anthony's On Jefferson, described as a "warm and comfortable lounge" on its Facebook page, recently opened at 185 N. Jefferson St.
Rich D'Acquisto and fiance Gina Marie Emanuele co-own the bar. D'Acquisto has been in the bar industry for 20 years and also worked as a musician with a variety of national country acts.
Anthony's, located in the former Hilo Martini Lounge space, is open Tuesday-Sunday and focuses on live music. Right now, bands play on the weekends, but soon, D'Acquisto plans to have live music five nights a week.
"It's really set up well for entertainment," says D'Acquisto. "I have a lot of respect for music and musicians. And it's a very relaxing atmosphere."
Wish this place the best of luck. Would love to see the Third Ward crowd migrate east of Milwaukee Street - so much vacant retail space there.
I give this place 3 months before the owner runs out of money (because no one in the 3rd ward wants live music). See the other 4 live music venues that have closed in the area in the last year.
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