Monday, June 27, 2005

T.G.I. Barney's?

Barney's Beanery owners David Houston and Avi Fattal tell the L.A. Business Journal that they plan to open a third location of the infamous roadhouse/divebar in the coming year, this time in Pasadena.

Houston and Fattal will convert their Q's Billiards bar into another Barney's, following the success of their Barney's Beanery location in Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade (which opened last year).

The original Barney's, of course, has sat on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood in 1920, and is famed as the preferred watering hole of Janis Joplin, The Doors and plenty others.

Houston and Fattal, who bought Barney's in 2001, say they have no plans to turn the brand into a T.G.I. Friday's-style franchise. But they do envision opening one new location a year, and say they could eventually see 30 Barney's Beanerys around the country.

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