Monday, July 25, 2011
Rumors: Mars Bar owner Hank Penza ready to open a new space in the next few months
In all the Mars Bar hysteria in recent weeks... we continued to hear that owner Hank Penza planned to open a new bar in the next few months (and that he already had the liquor license) ... somewhere within five blocks of where Mars Bar lived since 1984.
Well, this might all be wishful thinking in the aftermath of the bar's abrupt closing last week. However, we've heard this same story from so many different Mars Bar regulars (people who were patrons at different shifts) that there has to be something to the rumors. In fact, Hank has confirmed this to several people.
As we pointed out on Friday, workers began dismantling the bar. However, the person who will serve as manager of the new Penza-run space has the actual bar and jukebox from the Mars Bar for the next place.
Meanwhile, you may have seen photos at Eater of the dismantled Mars Bar on Friday... Goggla has these and other shots from inside this past weekend on her Flickr page...