“Began as a bookstore.”
The Liberty Bar began in a bookstore. In the spring of 1960, the year I graduated from high school, I had an epiphany at my uncle Clyde’s drugstore in Pampa, Texas. I was sitting on a chrome stool at the end of the marble soda fountain counter drinking a cherry limeade and idly rotating the wire paperback book rack. I stopped at a cover with a hand drawn yellow title, THE BEATS over a black and white photograph of a bearded bespectacled man in a white shirt with his sleeves rolled back, leaning forward, apparently explaining something, under a painting that appeared to be scribbles and scratchmarks.
Liberty Bar used to be in this super quirky, crooked (literally) building on Josephine (328 E. Josephine St.) that I LOVED. The floor was so slanted that you had to seriously watch your step. Unfortunately, they had to move, and Boehlers moved in to replace it (and then another Andrew Weissmann spot, Minnie's Tavern, which also closed!!). The food at the new Liberty Bar still good, but I really miss that old space. It's what made it really worth going to. Now they're in this spot in the German District.
I don't know what is going to be in the old location now that Minnie's closed. I hope another restaurant!!
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