Opened in December, Fern Bar
is serving some of the freshest, most inventive takes on spirit-free drinks.
Buster's was Little Rock's original "fern bar
," described by Cottingham as "a stylish establishment attracting young professionals--some single, some decidedly not.'' Opened by James "Buster" Corley in 1978, the legendary watering hole hosted yuppies, legislators, lobbyists and "bond daddies," securities salesmen who proliferated in the 1980s.
It's like we just stepped into a 1980s fern bar
But while they call New Jersey the Garden State, not much was flowering in Trenton (except maybe for the great fern bar
But for every overpriced fern bar
there's a great cheap restaurant that turns a healthy profit, too.
Still, remnants of the chain's "fern bar
" heritage remain: dark wood tones and dark green hues dominate, knickknacks like old bicycles, with antique signs and life preservers still hung from walls.
Designed to be a "one-hour vacation" to the islands and far more contemporary than its siblings, The Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains, Bahama Breeze was designed as a '90s answer to the '70s-style fern bar
. The chain has four units open so far, and, with all reporting at least $6 million in sales, one quarter of that from beverages alone, it's nearing time for a national break-out.
The 1970s saw the emergence of "fern bars
" adorned with foliage and Tiffany lamps, where the socializing was important--not the drinks.
Lack of pretension and a 1950s attitude make this place the perfect antidote for the franchise fern bars
. And it's handy for Sarasotans; just head down Midnight Pass Road on Siesta Key.
Educated, liberal Baby Boomers, the kind he meets at fern bars
in his neighborhood on the North Side of Chicago.
"From Fern Bars
to Luxury Lounges" was the topic covered by industry keynote Craig S.