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Four new clubs

Post by Ernest Jasmin on Dec. 28, 2006 at 5:43 pm with No Comments
December 28, 2006 5:43 pm

Lots going on in club land as ’06 comes to a close. For starters, I stopped by JD’s Wild West Saloon last night, when the new dance club was supposed to open at 84th & Hosmer at a former Silver Dollar Casino location. But the door guy said they had to push it back to tonight because of some undisclosed glitch.

Still, I got the skinny from local club vet DJ Omar, a guy who’s spun just about everywhere in the South Sound, and whose latest gig is as JD’s resident DJ.

As the name implies, you can expect something along the lines of Lady Luck Cowgirl up with a free mechanical bull and go-go dancers. Omar said he plans to spin top 40 dance hits, "but I’m not gonna be afraid to throw some rock in there or whatever – or house music or dance classics.”

Then there’s the Garage (aka the significantly less catchy South Sound Garage Steakhouse and Grill. But the new sign says "Garage.") You may have read about it on TNT restaurant critic Ed Murrieta’s blog, Ed’s Diner. (If not, click here.) But I’m still trying to get a handle on what’s going on over there.

After a soft opening a few days earlier, the Garage was dead when both times I dropped by last weekend. The lights were on around 11 p.m. Friday, but the staff wasn’t letting anybody in. It was pitch black the next night, and I didn’t see anyone in there the next night when I dropped by. I put in a call to owner Chris Wallace, so stay tuned.

Then there are two more to stick in the "coming soon" file. There’s all-ages rock venue, the Junkyard, which I wrote about a while back. (Click here to revisit my post from Dec. 15.) Booking agent Josh Brumley has already lined up several weeks worth of bands. So we’ll assume the place is on track for a Jan. 4 opening.

And I just got back from Club Sapphire, which will likely be open at 5412 South Tacoma Way by the end of January, according to Rhonie D’Chae, one of three owners.

She and her partners – Elaine and Clark Swanson – will cater to fans of ’80s and ’90s dance music. "We’re actually trying to cater to an older crowd, 30s on up," D’Chae said. "There are not a lot of places for them to go."

D’Chae said Club Sapphire will charge a cover seven nights a week, but part of it will go towards raffles and prizes for patrons and the rest towards various charities. "All of us have been in a place where we’ve needed help," she said.

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