New entertainment venue may come to Bloomington

By Beau Ebenezer

September 12, 2012 Updated Sep 12, 2012 at 10:46 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON Ill -- Six Strings bar on Center Street and Laugh Comedy Club on Market Street might be moving to the same home.

Six Strings owner, Dan Rolph and Laugh owner, Adam Webber met with the liquor commission to present their idea of a brand new multi-purpose entertainment venue in downtown Bloomington.

The two partners are looking to move to Main Plaza on Main Street to hold a brand new restaurant, bar, and comedy club all in one.

"The concept is really to try and add a big benefit to the community where you have this place on the square where you can walk in and enjoy a nice meal, get some free entertainment. It will bring a lot more life to the square and the businesses surrounding this particular building," said Six Strings Owner, Dan Rolph.

Rolph said the liquor commission verbally endorsed the idea, but also expressed the importance of presenting the idea to the community.

An idea, that doesn't seem to be going over well with some area residents.

"They're just not thinking. What they are seeing is sugar plums before they rise. They see, oh this might really generate something downtown. Yes it might, but that's not the issue. The issue is will it generate the right thing downtown," said local resident, Bob Steinman.

Bob Steinman said he is disappointed in the liquor commission for supporting the idea without thinking of what it might do to downtown Bloomington.

But Webber said it will only help the area and decrease vandalism.

"The foot traffic and vandalism, I actually see it as a deterrence. You have a door guy out front. People that walk by are less likely to do something. That 300 to 400 block, there's not really any businesses open that late. Where if you put a door guy, people see something. Drunk kids see something there. It's a deterrence because you have an authority figure."

With an approved license, the venue will be able to stay open until 3 a.m. and customers under 21 will be out by 11 p.m.

Rolph and Webber are now in the process of setting up plans to meet with the public at the end of the month.

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