Karaoke helps veterans bar stay afloat

Aug. 9, 2006 at 12:51 PM
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CHICAGO, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Chicago's American Legion bar, one of a dying breed of clubs aimed at veterans, has found a way to keep profits flowing with a monthly karaoke night.

The F.D.R. American Legion Post No. 923 has found financial success with its once-a-month karaoke night aimed at singers in their 20s, The Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday.

"That first night the place was packed, but the vets weren't expecting it," master of ceremonies Rory Lake said. "By the time we were done, we had cleaned them out. They sold every beer they had in the bar."

The revenue from karaoke night helps the veterans club stay in business while many of its counterparts have closed down.

"Some Friday nights, it could be as few as two of us sitting at the bar," said bartender and Vietnam War veteran Roger Hartman. "There's idle talk from time to time that we should sell the place, because it's likely a very valuable piece of property, and move somewhere else. But where would we go?"

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