On the bright side, The Cigar Box in Downtown Kansas City proper is thriving and scores of younger people continue to enjoy classic crooner tunes from the Golden Age of The Rat Pack. Al Latta still works the room with a masterful skill that keeps people coming back every weekend en masse.
Now here’s the downside: Denizens of the popular downtown hangout might not realize that the odds of their untimely demise increases dramatically because the place reportedly gets crowded beyond capacity at peak party times.
Let’s explore the details together, shall we?
Over the weekend, my sources tell me that the Cigar Box crowd was exceptionally lively and a good time was had by all. What the revelers didn’t notice was that the occupancy in the room reads 80 MAXIMUM.
One Cigar Box regular told me, “There were 200 hundred people in there easily.” He continued, “I didn’t feel any danger for my safety until you mentioned the occupancy number just now. No, they seem in control and I know for a fact the security in the place is top notch. They seem to have a strategic plan for dealing with trouble.”
Another Cigar Box customer counted 150 and 175 people in the bar around midnight Friday. That’s double the room’s posted capacity.
So, obviously The Cigar Box is keeping their clientele happy if bending city codes to the breaking point doesn’t bother customers. If only I could keep a woman that happy, the many single moms that I score with would come back for more as well. Sadly, that almost never happens.
Additionally, to be fair, an off-duty, uniformed member of the KCPD is almost always on site on weekends which does a lot to improve crowd control should the place get too out of hand. Why the officer doesn’t bother to keep count of the obvious overcrowding situation is another matter.
But despite the fact that I blog from a basement, I don’t like enclosed areas. Especially when they are overcrowded. I can type from this dank enclosure all day, but I don’t want any company and the massive gathering of folks both young and old is a bit too much for me to endure just to listen to this town’s favorite lounge lizard. So, for Kansas City partygoers anxious to smell the beer breath of their fellow mankind, the Cigar Box sounds like a nice night on the town. Still, I’d rather they stick to the (probably out of date) sign in their establishment which promises a small crowd and a bit more room to breathe.