Comment of the Week: The Wild, Wild Westport

This just in this morning from Stanford & Sons owner Craig Glazer:

Most of us that were in Westport in the 80’s and early 90’s have Glazer-ish stories of girls, binge drinking, coke, fights, pro-athlete rampages and a helluva-lot of fun.
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26 Responses to Comment of the Week: The Wild, Wild Westport

  1. Anonymous says:

    Huh? I don’t recall Westport of the 80’s being as described above. That’s a good description for the current incarnation of Westport but not the 80’s.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think he means the late 80s. And for Craig, are you kidding. I remember some of the stories about Chiefs players doing bizarre things. That would make for a good column. Tell-all war stories about famous athletes in Westport.

  3. Anonymous says:

    i’m still waiting for the rest of the story…

  4. Anonymous says:

    I was in Westport and hung out with Tommy Morrison, then the champ, saw him do crazy stuff in Westport, like pee in the street and screw in the back alley. Crazy guy.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I remember The Magic Circus and Fat Frank……….. The Today Shop……….The Iron Kettle…….Dave’s Stagecoach, etc……
    those were good times too.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hearne I loved The Lone Star, used to see Johnny Dare there all the time. Gary Shull, member that tough son of a bitch. Punched Riggins out for the Golden Gloves Championship. It was wild and wooley no gangs back then. Just beer and broads.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hearne my man, boy Westport was just nuts in a good way back in the 80’s and 90’s. Kellys was jumpin, Chucks Steakhouse was beautiful and had brunch at the Prospect. All gone and somewhat forgotten. But not by me. I loved Westport. Got my first blow job in Westport at the Harris House. Then married the girl. Damn.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Bought my first bag of weed in the bathroom at kellys in the 70’s. I was maybe sixteen. It was junk, but boy was I proud of it. Back then nobody asked for ID’s. I later graduated to Stanfords, two for ones and beer night in the 80’s and early 90’s. I also graduated to blow back then. Strippers. A crazy movie theatre that showed porn down the street, something Dove. Boy life was sweeter back then Hearne.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I used to be the lead guitar in Morning Star..played Lone Star and many other Westport venues. I was like a God back then with Mike Wagnor and crew. Westport was so cool.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hey Hearne, yeah I got stories. Stanfords had long lines of black people for years going into their dance club, they were loud and got in fights and some had guns. I guess they didn’t shoot each other in the club, maybe cause they thought Glazer was ‘mobbed up.’ They like that. So they started problems outside the joint. One day I saw the cops beat one of the young brothers to about death and throw him in a paddy wagon. Who knows what happened to that brother. Yeah it was wild, too wild. So Nigro put up barraceds that ruined Kellys business. Thanks u all.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Boy I used to think JOJO was bad, this Kellys person is a real major loser.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Oh i get it Kellys ‘fool’ you saw Mr. T on the photo and had to do the black thing. I pitty the fool, is that you Kellys guy? The fool.

  13. Anonymous says:

    fk…. 🙂

    The fkg late 80s Westport was the greatest fkn party of all time….. No DUI check point BS….. someone always had a party houses close by….. fkn Long Island Ice Tea at Stanfords (we had the “no wait in line cards” to always bypass the line outside……

    it was fkn crazy great….. rock out at the bonestar….. then grag a slice from the blut van or just go for some pot bread at Stan’s …. did I mention the 2-1 Long Island Ice teas? and the great barteneders…. what was his n manem…he was great, an midle eastern guy….. who used a regualr name…… fkn 2-1 drinks….tip monster… still the deal of all time…did I mention drunk….very very drunk…and fkn….very very fkn fun……… it was great…. fkn great….

    I even got thrown out of Stanfords once by CG himself…. (I forget what I did, if anything ,I am very innocnet…. ; )

    BUT…like I always say if you have not been thrown out of a bar or two (and slapped a couple of times by a beautiful woman) you have not lived life to the fullest. This does not mean be a full time asshole, but if you do not push the limit… then how will you know where the edge is?

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hey JWeinberg, Where is Hawk these days?

    I remember Mike and Marcy well. I always wanted to nail Marcy. Don’t know where she is now. Mike got remarried and is on the East Coast somewhere.

    How could I get my hands on some Morningstar tunes, vinyl, cassettes, cd’s? I blew up lots of Jensen Tri-axials listenin’ to you guys.

    I remember chubby Johnny Dare tryin’ to be a roadie for all the metal bands, Bill Maas nailin’ chicks like a carpernter at Guitars, he was a limited partner. Lot’s and lot’s and lot’s of krell. Bob Bledsoe tryin’ to be a swag king, Eric Greif, tryin’ to be Mutt Lange, Lynn Dickey’s, The Souper, McGovern’s, Deke O’Malley’s, London’s, The Crayons at the Harris House, Lupe at Westport One, Jerry’s Westport Country Playhouse, more krell. Tracy Wylde, can’t remember her real last name. One really wild night with Skid and Billy Squier with lots of krell. Another night with Jimmy Page, a bunch of local shredders and lots of krell. Donnie Miller and his new Harley when he got signed to CBS. Scott and Doc McGhee and the Front and lots of krell. Best Lonestar show EVER. Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers from Philly. Best Shadow show ever KMFDM and Soundgarden.

    Pretty sure I’m going to hell.

    I miss Metropolis in Westport. It was my second fav restaurant after Venue.

    Those days ain’t comin’ back. Thank God I never smoked much weed so I still have great long term memory.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Got married in 83 so that was that. Growing up here I thought Westport was where you went to eat bean sprouts and buy Birkenstocks & bell bottoms.
    I always took the out of towners to Westport….had my fair share of Flower Pot Bread…love the area and hope entrepreneurs can see the opportunity there.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I’ve oft said Kelley’s problem is they don’t understand social media and online promotion. Now they’re taking it to a new level. Go online and ferment ill will! Yeah, that’ll work!

  17. Anonymous says:

    gaddamanait….. as I have said mnay times before…

    I fkn like things fkn things the fkn way they fkn are fkn now, why they always gotta be “fxing” shit that aint broke?!!??!!…. I said that in 1985… 1987…. 1992….. 1995 …..aka back fkn then : (

    fkngaddamnit real estate fkn aholes!!

    imuho the death of Westport stated the day they ripped down the comedey club that was attached to Stan’s and and overhung the parking lot… to build, uh, whatever the fk that building is now. I LIKED IT LIKE IT WAS!!!

    It was ALWAYS a good good sign of a great night to come if I could snag a parking spot under the over hanging comedey club…. many many many good times wound up with me being delivered back to my car undercover there… The Stones even had a theme song for that “UNDERCOVER OF THE NIGHT”…..

    oh man….. then there was…

    Dick Lickeys sports porch…or was it called (remmeber that white wash?, lmao) Banzi? or was it just “cursed” corner realestate where no bar could make it?

    fk I loved those those day…..

    now?? : ( so many are dead… and gone…. my love of my life is gone…. fkn DUI checkpoints every Wedneday Friday and Saturday night… revenue based law enforcement…. terrorsim excuses, inflation, 10%unemployment …fkn BS!!!! NO FUN ZONES!!!! ….. and now? …. just typing on a fkn blog too fkn early on fkn Saturday….. mthrfkr I miss those day, I never forgot a thing about ANYTHING!!! no matter how fkd up we got… DONT BE A PUSSY!!! : (……

    what is the sense of taking care of one’s health and staying alive if one just outlives the fun times? and other fun people? and fun shit?
    fk! I like cold pizza in the morning…. it may be time to go….

  18. Anonymous says:

    bschloz Says: bean sprouts and buy Birkenstocks & bell bottoms.

    There you go. Natural Wear and stuff. That crashed to a grinding halt when the jocks moved in and chased them damn hippies out of town.

  19. Anonymous says:

    It was a nice safe place to shoot a stab whoever you wanted to but now things have changed, no white people are left.

  20. Anonymous says:

    London’s was still and is still my favorite club from “the day”. The Shadow was ok as well. I remember when Hearthrob’s turned into “Club Piranha” on Wednesday’s and Sunday’s (my friend has a Club Piranha banner in his garage). Harris House with Max Groove and Emmit on drums at 2:00 AM on the outside deck….Before Lynn Dickey’s it was the Mill Street Country Club (with outside deck dancing)….the Old Stanley, the New Stanley…O’Malleys (now a clothing store), I remember playing shuffleboard in O’Malley’s, beating a couple, and the girlfriend took a croquet mallet off the wall and smacked her boyfriend. I cried when they cut that bar into three’s to get it out….beautiful mahogany cut to shreds.

    I worked in Guitars and Cadillac’s (Chequeres before that, XO’s after G&C, unsure what it is now) part time for about 5 years, the stories that are from that place….yikes.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Great times back then. Remember starting at the Plaza then over to Fallout and all the other names it changed to then ending the night at Stanfords. Can’t forget Harry’s – when that place first opened it was so cool. Great times at that place too. Will times ever be fun like that again? It’s different now that’s for sure. I hope the economy gets better and people get happier because it sucks right now. Everybody is either an alcoholic or a Lexapro pill popper just trying to get through the day. It’s sad.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Rick M
    I was there when Los Lobos played a Saturday *afternoon* show at the Lone Star. And there were bands like the Lyres, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Camper Van Beethoven and a very packed night when Jane’s Addiction played their first local show at the place.
    Also, the Shadow played host to early Flaming Lips shows, and the likes of Billy Bragg and Nine Inch Nails when Trent’s first record came out.
    It was so sweet you almost didn’t need to go to Lawrence to see a decent band. Almost.

  23. Anonymous says:

    lots of coke and xtacy floating around
    colisuem and the other names that place
    but there wll never be a better pussy joint than
    fannys!. I got in there when i was young and
    every night every hot broad was in there…
    remember new years eve…wow….the vip bathroom
    was filled constantly with people doing drugs.
    ah…the 80’s….what a great decade.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Hearne that wasn’t from Craig. It was from me and I was pointing out that Craig was entertaining and fun to read. I was also pointing out that many of us had similiar stories to Craig, albeit, in much smaller portions and little to no jail time. Fun either way. The memories are strong and I have a bunch of friends who could keep the stories rollin for hours. Most worked as beer carriers at Kelly’s. Stackin’ trays 6 deep, giving away more beer than you sold and meeting hundreds of women. We would walk around oak park mall or other public places and people would say hey arent you that guy who works at Kelly’s? Most of us now are out in the corporate world and telling our kids we never did those kinda things. Thanks for posting. Fun site.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Markus Aurelius
    @Dino — Man, I had completely forgotten about “the Dove” — Al Gore’s interweb pretty much crushed that place – doubt we’ll ever see such a thing again.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Bob Bledsoe owns Cripple Creek Rock Company now.

    Who are you smartman? Just passing thru and saw your comment. Thanks for the memories!

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