What's going on with the red-brick building at 1610 Main, the former Irene's Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge?
The original sign is beginning to peek out from under the sign announcing the place's last incarnation, Daddy's Backdoor Bar, a gay leather-and-bear bar that served food. Before it was Daddy's, it was Danny's: Danny's Big Easy -- a real restaurant that closed and then reopened at a new location in the Jazz District, at 18th and Vine.
"I keep hearing rumors that the owners want to reopen Daddy's," says John Long, publisher of Camp Magazine. "But nothing seems to be happening."
Some former customers don't want the venue to reopen, including a bearish gentleman who complains that the joint had a distinctive aroma: eau de feline. "They had this cat that lived in the building," he says. "I always wondered what the health department would think of that. And if you had allergies to cats, you couldn't even stop in for a cocktail."
The building appears to be empty (and the phone number is disconnected). Anyone know what happened to the cat?