This just in…
With the recent closing of urban club Karma in Westport, a single black dance club remains. That being former white boy Mecca America’s Pub. You may remember it as the scene of an altercation between a drunk-beyond-belief Brian Euston and a black dude who accidentally one-punched Euston onto the Promised Land.
Followers of the venerable Cowtown party zone know America’s Pub didn’t start out with the intention of being an urban club. Check its name for chrissakes.
Far from it. Check out all the white faces on the America’s Pub St. Louis’ Facebook page. Like Stanford & Sons infamous Club 504 – the club that many Westporters blame for the area’s urban youth mobs of weekend’s past – America’s Pub started out going for the Kelly‘s crowd. When suburban competition and DUI checkpoints thinned Westport’s ranks, the club went black. Had problems and then went back to white.
But after Karma failed as a mainstream ultra lounge and went urban, America’s Pub shifted back to black.
Which brings us to the year 2011…
For years Westport merchants and bar owners tried to convince, strong arm – put it as you will – America’s Pub into getting out of the urban dance biz. But money talks and it remains one of the most popular clubs of its genre in KC.
Now word on the street is America’s Pub’s lease is up later this year and – like Stanford’s Club 504 – will not be renewed.
Calling into question what effect that will have on Westport’s diminished-but-still-kicking, warm weather urban youth mobs.
And whether all or part of the America’s Pub crowd may shift to the Eighteen22 Ultra Lounge on Main in downtown KC by Michael’s Fine Clothing.