Thursday, March 08, 2012

Piratz Tavern to Resurface from Davy Jones' Locker?


Well, shiver me timbers. The Piratz Tavern/Corporate Bar and Grill saga, likely having already clinched "most entertaining story of the year" status, may now be beginning yet another chapter. The erstwhile Tavern is presently closed in order to undergo unspecified renovation. Scuttlebutt is that a mutiny against the Spike TV-imposed re-imaging is underway and the restaurant may scuttle the "corporate" theme and revert to being ye olde pirate bar.

If this is indeed the case, this development will no doubt please Piratz regulars* to no end, though from what I can tell on the "Soul of Piratz Tavern" Facebook page, they won't be fully appeased until Bar Rescue host Jon Taffer is keelhauled. How much will remain from the Bar Rescue overhaul remains to be seen, but I have to expect the resulting look from this new renovation (de-renovation?) would be some sort of hybrid of the two designs. They can't jettison it all, right?

Personally it's a wash to this landlubber, since I had equal desire to go to either Piratz Tavern or Corporate Bar and Grill: zero.


*Another thing I gleaned from their Facebook page is that a good number of these Piratz supporters are from out of town. I'm not sure how "regular" they actually were.



37 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think that photo is an accurate representation of their customer base.

Anonymous said...

I think this is good news. Corporate obviously misses the mark, so either they'll successfully become a much improved Piratz or they'll go out of business and a brand new restaurant/bar will take advantage of this prime spot. When the heck is Society opening?! The construction appears completely finished....

Anonymous said...

I went to corporate a few times. It defintely had "normal looking people" and the vibe was less sad. It was far more upbeat.

That said since the owners only gave it a half assed chance: no music, and people still dressed as pirates it's hard to say.

It was nice to see my first semi attractive girls EVER in that place. Nice change.

Oh and the service was about 4 million times better at the bar. First time i got served in a reasonable time even though it was crowded for a thursday night.

That said: I guess we're back to lousy service, depressing atmosphere and management not giving a crap about any of its customers that didn't come straight from Renn Faire or their mother's basements.

Anonymous said...

"I guess we're back to lousy service, depressing atmosphere and management not giving a crap about any of its customers that didn't come straight from Renn Faire or their mother's basements."

If that's the case then it'll just go out of business and be replaced by something better.

Anonymous said...

Corporate Pirates, ahoy there mateys! Let us hoist some pinot noir?

Jill said...

"Another thing I gleaned from their Facebook page is that a good number of these Piratz supporters are from out of town."

Or employees. Seems people are really vocal about a workplace that lets them wear eyepatches and puffy shirts.

Patrick Thornton said...

From reading over that Facebook group a bit, it seems like only one of the regulars/staff is actually from Silver Spring (from what I could tell). Many of the regulars come from all over the DC region and some outside of it, but because they don't live in town, being regular for them might be once or twice a month or sometimes a few times a year.

Any bar that wants to succeed long-term in Silver Spring has to be popular with locals. Getting people to come down from NJ or way out in VA is great, but it's not good enough if your local community doesn't really support you. Any successful bar needs support from 20910 first, then greater Silver Spring, then Montgomery County and the rest of the DC area.

Piratz appears to have been able to stay afloat this long because it's just about the only bar in a several state radius where you can dress up as a pirate and talk like pirate and be served by people doing the same any day of the week.

Anonymous said...

How long were they even open as Corporate? A week? Maybe they should have given it a little more time before they decided to renovate once again. I think these schizophrenic moves might scare away everyone.

Anonymous said...

Since Anon. seems to be the way here: (And I am not a 'regular' having visited them only maybe 4 times total)

anon 1:42: Attractive is in the eye of the beholder. When I visited there were females of many body types. I found a wench or two that was pleasing to my eye. Not having visited corporate, I can't comment on the attractiveness to me of the women there.

Also, Your last paragraph is such a glorious troll that I had to respond. From what I have been following, and have dealt with in my visits, the service was off. One of the few good things done with the rebuild was to kick the kitchen in the ass. What makes you think that just because they roll back some of the blandness that was foisted on them the kitchen will roll back also. All reports are that the owner is looking to find a happy medium.

anon 3:36. I'm glad they are rolling back already. There were some changes that were done without no permitting or checking that it could actually work. (The auto taps will never be allowed in Montgomery county until it reverses its cranial-rectal laws on bars).

Anonymous said...

What's an auto tap?

Anonymous said...

anon 9:12

put the glass under a spigot, wave a pre-pay card and get a beer. no bartender needed.

DTSSER said...

A new and improved Piratz would be a thing to celebrate, and just in time for Spring, too.

Too the first poster here: as someone who very much enjoyed Piratz, in my opinion, yarr nothing but a floundering, lice-infested sea dog!

Anonymous said...

oh no! NOT pirate themed insults!

Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

Re: Society, I walked by yesterday and all the lights were on and about a dozen people were inside. I couldn't tell if it was staff training or staff interviews. Either way, I'd expect the place to open within the next week or two. The interior looks really, really great!

Isayaah Parker said...

I agree about SOCIETY, I passed by there last night and it was COMPLETE...televisions were on and there were people in there who I assumed were staff having a meeting. How many more meetings do they have to have? Can they open already? I'm sure this blog will give us a huge announcement when it does. Silver Spring needs another bar! I went to Jackie's for the first time last night and had a blast! They take their cocktails seriously there! It's a sight to see when they make them with the flame and all the talent. On the contrary, I had terrible service at QH last night, rude bartender and other wait staff who just couldn't be bothered to explain the protocol of ordering.

Brains from my father said...

It looks like Piratz Tavern is re-emerging. The faceless corporate guy on the CBG sign is now sporting an eye patch.

Anonymous said...

Yay! The horrible nerds are back!

Michael said...

1. Themed bar fails
2. Renovate
3. Give renovation 3 weeks
4. Go back to themed bar
5. ????
6. Profit!

Anonymous said...

I have heard Society is opening every month since last Fall. I am curious as to what the hold up is, as I was told they got all their permits long ago.

The place looks great, so I hope they open soon.

Anonymous said...

6. Fail.

There- I fixed it for you

Vagrarian said...

I walked by Society a few weeks ago and they were Complete, and I thought, oh, they'll open this weekend, I bet. Two or three weeks later, and they STILL haven't opened? WTF is going on there?

Craig said...

Yeah, there is something strange going on with Society. The interior looks finished. All of the furniture is set for customers.

Has anyone ever heard of a restaurant owner going broke before the doors even open? Maybe the owner is trying to scrounge up more cash before the big opening. It costs serious $$$$ to purchase food products and alcohol from the distributor. Not to mention, he will need to cut paychecks for the kitchen and service staff.

Yeah, I bet the hold up was due to cash shortfall. Hopefully, the owner has enough $$$$ to open the place finally.

Anonymous said...

I guess it is possible that Society's delay is a cash-flow issue, but this being MoCo, I bet more likely it's some last-minute red tape with the health dept. or liquor board or something.

Easley Does It said...

In other restaurant news, there's an Opening Soon sign hanging over the old Taste of Jersusalem space. I was driving by too fast to catch the name of the place.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's great news if the Taste of Jerusalem space is spoken for. Other than Mayorga, I can't think of any restaurant space that's vacant. Hopefully that leads to a couple of conversions of underutilized retail spaces on Fenton/Ga./and Colesville.

Anonymous said...

Isnt the old Ceviche spot empty?

Anonymous said...

Ceviche spot has a Japanese steakhouse moving in it.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the Sushi Jin spot is technically vacant? It's been awhile since their fire. Maybe they aren't going to bother reopening?

Anonymous said...

Don't be so excited about the old Taste of Jerusalem space. The sign says the new restaurant is called "Gebeta" which, by my Googling research is....wait for it...ANOTHER Ethiopian restaurant. I love Ethiopian but we already have several close by and was hoping for soemthing else, I guess. Either way, it will good to have that space operating again and more feet on the street.

Anonymous said...

Dang. I like that we're Little Ethiopia and all, but come on.

Anonymous said...

I think Society is officially open. You can make a reservation there for tonight on their web page. You might be SOL when you show up, but you can make a reservation.

http://www.societyss.com/home

Anonymous said...

I believe you've technically been able to make a reservation ever since the website went live awhile back. I might be wrong about that though. If it doesn't open in the next week I'd be really surprised. You don't hire/train staff if there are any possible hick-ups (permits, money, etc.).

Brains from my father said...

I know there's already been a lot of blogging about Piratz tavern, but for those of you who can't get enough of the story, here's my post regarding the Tavern's journey from pirate bar, to corporate bar, to back to pirate bar. It's at http://araspberry.blogspot.com.

Anonymous said...

I just walked by tonight and they're definitely not open yet at Society. It still looks like they are setting some things up, the bar is completely unstocked and there are a lot of books/manuals laying around. The sign on the door says opening March 2012.

Anonymous said...

Countdown to that vacuum of suck Piratz tavern finally closing once again.

Also, they really need to lower th prices and change that disgusting interior at Fajita coast.

Food wasn't bad.

and what is WRONG with this area? Another Ethopian place? It's like the business owners and the town are infected by a case of the "full retard".

4 + thai places
2 greek places within a block of each other
239390809 ethopian joints
now two places offering burgers withing a door of each other.

What piss poor planning.

Anonymous said...

The problem with Piratz was never the decor, it was the crappy food & even crappier service. I'd have to hear a lot of good things before I go back in there no matter what they call it.

jag said...

Society appeared to be open yesterday. Their twitter and facebook don't say anything, so I assume it was a soft opening. Or they're horrific at advertising themselves.