the end of my home room

mr3cushion

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Weirdly a new pool hall open literally around the corner from my house, in Chicago. I wasn’t ready to shoot with strangers when they opened earlier this summer due to the covid. I would just stand outside looking at those brand new diamonds. We will have fun but not till 2021👍🎱

The same owner that took over, 'Marie's Golden Cue', made it into, Coffee bar/pool room, 'Surge'. The new room you refer to is, 'Surge ll'.

BTW, In the 40 years that, 'Chris's Billiards' has been open, the 4 owners never owned the building! At one time in the mid 90's - mid 2000's, without any alcohol, for a stretch of 4-5 years grossed a little over 1 million dollars a year, with just 55 tables!
 
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baby huey

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Don't kid yourself guys, in Cali it will be hard financially to withstand this long lockdown. Most of the other states allowed rooms to open more regularliy regardless of infection rate. I am not passing judgement on any other state but in Cali we've been closed and the infection rate is climbing signficantly whether we were open or not. Months of unpaid rent, spoiling food, beer purchases which can't be returned and other permits, licenses and other costs to STAY CLOSED will take its toll. IMO big time pool is dead on the west coast. Only memories will exist.
 

mr3cushion

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Don't kid yourself guys, in Cali it will be hard financially to withstand this long lockdown. Most of the other states allowed rooms to open more regularliy regardless of infection rate. I am not passing judgement on any other state but in Cali we've been closed and the infection rate is climbing signficantly whether we were open or not. Months of unpaid rent, spoiling food, beer purchases which can't be returned and other permits, licenses and other costs to STAY CLOSED will take its toll. IMO big time pool is dead on the west coast. Only memories will exist.

What does that tell you Jerry? BIG changes have to be made in Cali government, from top to bottom, for the people to survive and prosper again.
 

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harsh but you get who you elected. and california has been electing overly liberal and oppressive politicians passing laws just to pass a law to appease a small number of people..

its like having bad neighbors, you got to get rid of them, live with them, or move.
 

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Don't know about recent years, but Chris used to live in Santa Barbara. He played all over central Calif. and Reno.
Henderson would know.

He has lived up by Clear Lake for quite a while now. He was coming down to Hard Times for the tournaments once and a while.
 

Scrzbill

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Don't kid yourself guys, in Cali it will be hard financially to withstand this long lockdown. Most of the other states allowed rooms to open more regularliy regardless of infection rate. I am not passing judgement on any other state but in Cali we've been closed and the infection rate is climbing signficantly whether we were open or not. Months of unpaid rent, spoiling food, beer purchases which can't be returned and other permits, licenses and other costs to STAY CLOSED will take its toll. IMO big time pool is dead on the west coast. Only memories will exist.
I love California and I don’t love the Pandemic. It’s is a really tough decision and I would not be the one who has to make it. Health, money. Money, health. Business open to the Pandemic? Larry wants to play,. Couple of sets? Bob is his banker. Is there a safe place to stay? At least you could pay your bills for a month. Make a game.
Good luck to you and hope to see you soon after the fourth wave has died.
 

Scrzbill

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He has lived up by Clear Lake for quite a while now. He was coming down to Hard Times for the tournaments once and a while.
Lake Point has a nice little pool room. What a location for a pool room!!!!!!! Right by a huge California tourist attraction. I would have to get out my bell bottoms and tattered shirts, hahahahahah Where are my hay seeds??
 

BUD GREEN

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First I've heard the Broken Rack is closing. Chris M played tourneys there but it was never his home room. Played for a very long time in the Santa Rosa area but not so much lately...

The last real pool room north of SF and the Oakland/Berkeley area is Buffalo Billiards in Petaluma. Lee Simon did own a Buffalo Billiards in Cotati, sold it, and eventually re-opened a nice room in Petaluma with the same name. Closed for play currently, but the retail room is still open and they do the vast majority of table work in the area.
 
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