Former owner of Blue Bayou Club in Hillsborough, NC.
When I heard about this forum I just had to chime-in to respond to "Pally Hater". In the bar business, like most everything else in life, you can't please all the people all the time. However, the *majority* of regular patrons that supported the Blue Bayou Club all said that what they enjoyed most about the Bayou, in addition to the world-class music that was presented there, was the positive vibe and sense of comfort they felt in coming to the club.
As the club-owner, when you hear this comment from hundreds of people over a period of years, it becomes pretty obvious that, the people who are largely responsible for the good vibes are the staff. My staff at the Blue Bayou were the most devoted and loyal people that you could find anywhere. I gave them the highest recommendation to Katy when she bought the club. Why she chose not to employ them can only be answered by her.
Now, I've never had a problem with someone if, for some reason, they just didn't like the staff or they felt that the Bayou was not exactly their cup o'tea. Everyone has different tastes and I applaud the diversity of interest. There are plenty of other clubs in the Triangle area to support. Find something you like.
What I do have a problem with is someone hiding behind an anonymous sig and writing disparaging remarks about people; especially when it's about people that are close to me.
Maybe I'm just getting old, but I fondly remember a time (pre-internet) when, if someone had a problem with you, they confronted you directly and, to your face, told you what the problem was and the two of you hashed it out. We referred to it as "calling you out." Sometimes it involved a little blood-letting but most often, not. You worked out your differences quickly and privately. To be completely honest, that wasn't always the case. Even then, there were a few lashers-out but, without the intenet, they were mostly relegated to expressing their anger by smearing their own excrement on the walls of public restrooms. Sh*t-daubers, we called them.
So, getting back to my opening point, you, "Pally Hater," can consider this a calling-out. You are an internet sh*t-dauber but your anonymous sig can't hide you from yourself. You have to look at that face in the mirror every day. The folks that made up the staff at the Blue Bayou don't have a problem when they face the mirror.
Former Owner, Blue Bayou Club
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