Quarterly Newsletter / August-November 2009
It’s been a busy three months!
One of a Kind
by katie brayton
We thank you for the support Tail wagging, mouth drooling, riled up
you have shown us thus far. with excitement stands Tank the dog, wel-
coming bar patrons Aug. 29 to the newly
renovated, the Loft Bar and Grill.
This newsletter has a little bit of “The ambiance of the bar was really
cool, it was very laid back and was a good
everything. Stories about what place to hangout with friends,” said Kristen
Harvey, junior at KSU.“They had a really
we’ve been up to, interviews
good drink selection, and a very cute bar-
with loyal customers and an tender.”
The Loft is different in a variety of ways
exclusive offer for the month of from other bars found in the Aggieville
December! Business District. It is an environmentally
friendly bar that has aims to give back to
the community of Manhattan.
So enjoy your newsletter. Clip “I believe it is important to give back to
the community; we are, after all, in the hos-
the coupon on the backpage, pitality industry,” said Jacque Jacobson,
the Loft affiliate.
and stop by The Loft tonight. According to the Loft’s Web site, they
plan to actively implement green practices that we are trying to do here,” Jacobson
by recycling glass bottles as well as cook- said.
We look forward to serving you! ing grease used in the kitchen. The Loft also is involved with the hu-
“We are open to any other suggestions mane society.
-The Loft that the public can offer to help the envi- “We will be having many different types
ronment,” Jacobson said. “I look for things of animals outside the Loft — dogs, goats
that can give back to the community, be- and even miniature Clydesdales.” Jacob-
cause it is the right thing to do.” son said. “Our bar is very pet-friendly.”
The Loft is also the only bar in the area The Loft has no cover charge and daily
INSIDE: to serve food until closing time - 2 a.m., drink specials. Renovations inside The
Monday through Saturday. Loft will continue for the next year.
It IS Easy Being Green “The Loft was flipping awesome,” said If renovations go as planned the Loft
Read about The Loft’s com- Kyle Huhmann, a graduate student at plans to open the upper level with two res-
mitment to being the most KSU. “It was a great place to meet my taurants and install a glass elevator.
environmentally-friendly bar friends and start out the night.” “We just have to get the mothership go-
The Loft supports many local charities, ing,” Jacobson said.
including Fairy God Mothers, a program Ultimately, The Loft is a great place for
A Taste of HEAVEN
Dancing, music and drag that helps single employed mothers who college students to relax and share drinks
shows at The Loft every have automotive complications. Affiliates - and food - with friends.
of the Loft have helped raise more than “Yes we are a bar, but I want students
$4000 for this charity. and the community to be able to come to-
Deal of December
An exclusive offer you’ll only “We aren’t just another bar that aims to gether,” Jacobson said. “This bar will defi-
find in this newsletter! get kids all liquored up, there is much more nitely be different than the others.”
being the bartender
Each newsletter will feature a Q&A session with a different Loft personality.
Subjects may include owners, managers, bartenders or loyal customers.
This month’s victim is Jeff, a bartender that started working at The Loft in
August. He shares his thoughts about everything related to The Loft!
In addition to being pet-friendly, the Loft What do you think sets The So the food is a unique aspect
is also very environmentally conscious. Loft apart from other bars in to The Loft.
We are committed to keeping Manhattan the area? What about the drinks?
a beautiful and ‘green’ city. Toward that I think that people like the new We’re actually going to try to set
goal, The Loft is looking forward to part- style. You know, they don’t wan- a standard on a shot just our
nering with local organizations to help us na go to a bar that’s dirty. They own. It’s called the Bubblegum
with our recycling efforts. don’t wanna go to a bar that’s shot - the Bubblegum bomb. I
got things all along the wall. think it’s something that’s going
A special focus will be placed on the They want it nice, clean, and to push us over the envelope
recycling of glass bottles and reuse of they want a great atmosphere. I with the other standard bars and
cooking grease. think that’s what makes us more their random shots.
appealing than a normal bar with
How have the first few months
of business gone? What kinds
of things do you have planned
for the future?
Things are going pretty well.
We’re actually going to start do-
ing construction up on the top
floor as soon as this year’s lease
is up to actually extend the bar
two more floors. So we’re gunna Bubblegum Bomb
have a tri-level bar. That’s pretty
exciting, especially for a place
We would love to hear your ideas on like Aggieville. To kind of break
how we can accomplish our ‘green’ tradition.
goal. We are open to any ideas you
The Loft is the only bar in Ag-
We have already received feedback on gieville to serve food from
our brand new blog regarding this issue. open to close. Full Throttle Nightlife
If you are interested, check out our blog What kind of food is available
until 2 a.m. each day? Energy Drink
at blogs.jmc.ksu.edu/loftintheville to
share some of your ideas. Comment on It’s all the fried foods. You know,
the post under the ‘Community’ page, or, it’d kill you if you ate too much
better yet, stop by The Loft tonight! of it. We got a lot of good fries,
corndogs, all the good bar food *To view the full interview with
so that when you’re nice and Jeff the bartender on video, visit
Help The Loft become the ‘greenest’ drunk...stuff you’d definitely want our blog at blogs.jmc.ksu.edu/
bar in Aggieville! We look forward to at the end of the night. loftintheville.
hearing from you.
What is your favorite thing about The Loft?
“ The ambiance.
I really like the
“ FRIED PICKLES!
No.. Wings. No..
“ ”“The vodka. I love the drink
” ” ”
sleek, industrial, Onion rings. I got a great se-
up-town feel. can’t decide! lection of booze.
Liz Lemon Kirstie Alley Vladimir Putin Mel Gibson Lance Bass
Senior at KSU Actress Russian Actor Pop star
A Taste of HEAVEN
by eli neal
The Loft is the new host to Heaven, an only a dance night, began
alternative dance night in Aggieville. Octo- to incorporate weekly drag
ber 13 marked the third night of Heaven, shows, a tradition that will
an event which started under the name continue at The Loft.
Heat two years ago at P.J.’s Pub. Heat’s organizers be-
Dusty Garner, senior in political sci- gan looking for a new
ence, started Heat in December of 2007 location to host Heat late
because he felt it was important that the this summer when they
LBGT (lesbian, bisexual, gay, transsexual) were informed that P.J.’s
community had a home in Aggieville. may be forced to close.
During its two years at P.J.’s the event The group contacted a
became increasingly popular and frequent- number of bars, but none
ly drew large crowds. At the end of last se- were interested in hosting the
mester the event, which was previously event. Many in the LBGT communi-
ty began to fear that they would soon
lose the only event in Manhattan’s his-
WHO: hosted by members of the tory that offered them a safe and accept-
LBGT community; anyone ing home.
is invited! Garner said he was relieved when
he was contacted by Jacque Jacob-
WHAT: Heaven, an alternative son, owner of The Loft, who told him
dance night, formerly she was very excited about the op-
known as Heat. Attend-
portunity to move the event to the
ees can expect music,
newly opened bar. Garner said
dancing, bingo and a live
drag show! The Loft agreed to host the event,
as Heaven, and they were able to
WHERE: The Loft Bar & Grill move to the new location quickly.
710 N. Manhattan Ave. One of the things Garner is
most excited about is the ben-
WHEN: Tuesday nights, efits of the new location.
7 p.m. to close.
WHY: To have fun! continued on 4
HEAVEN: LGBT APPETIZER deal of
has new home at Loft menu: DECEMBER!
“The fact that we’ve been able to come here to Our delicious menu is served
a really beautiful bar with a really great video and from open to close (7 p.m. to 2
sound system has been a really great blessing a.m.), Monday through Saturday.
for us,” Garner said. “We look forward to being
here for a long time.” Black Cracked Pepper Fries / $3
Heaven is essentially the same event as Heat;
it still takes place on Tuesday nights and includes Sweet Potato Krinkle Kut Fries / $3
dancing and a live drag show. The differences
etween PJ’s and The Loft, however, are notable. Homestyle Tortilla Chips & Dip / $3
P.J.’s offered a larger dance floor and stage. The Golden Breaded Mushrooms / $3
Loft is a much smaller bar.
Onion Rings Black and Tan / $4
Breaded Red Hot Wild Chilies / $4
Buffalo Style Jack & Bleu Cheese
Sticks / $4
Breaded Beef Steak Fingers w/
Fries / $5
Monday through Saturday
7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Shrimp basket w/ corn nuggets / $5 Not valid with any other offer.
Limit one coupon per visit.
Chicken Strips w/ Fries / $5 Expires: 12/31/09
Beer Battered Pickle Spears / $5
A new bar to Aggieville, The Loft offers a high 710 N. Manhattan Ave.
save the date
quality sound system and a half-dozen flat screen
TV’s which can be used to play music videos.
The result: Heat felt like a dance night in an
older and more open bar, while Heaven feels
more like a dance party in a small crowded club.
Many people who attended Heaven appreciated Mayor’s Spirit of the Holidays Parade
the new atmosphere. and Tree Lighting Ceremony.
“Even though the dance floor isn’t as big, it’s Downtown/Aggieville
Stop by for a drink after the parade and the lighting
still a lot more fun,” said Morgan Aldridge, soph- of the Mayor’s Christmas tree in Traingle Park!
omore in biology, who attended Heat several
times last semester.
Derek Manzanares, sophomore in music edu- KSU Men’s Basketball vs. Washington St.
cation, said Heat had become something of a 8 p.m. Bramlage Colisium
Join us during the game for drinks and appetizers,
tradition after being at P.J.’s for nearly two years, and stop by after to celebrate another Wildcat
but still ultimately felt moving the event to The victory!
Loft was a good idea.
“The bar’s a lot nicer, we’ve got TV’s to watch
videos. It’s a lot different, but I think its going to KSU Commencement.
get a lot better,” Manzanares said. Congrats, graduates! Let us help you celebrate
graduation with out $2 beers and delicious bubble-
In a town where Garner and other members gum shots.
of the LBGT community have often felt exclud-
ed and ostracized, being able to continue to
have an alternative dance night and a home Bowl Week.
where the community can feel safe and Don’ t miss a second of the action! We will be show-
accepted, means that for them The Loft is ing all the college football bowl games on our HD flat
screen TVs. Enjoy your favorite schools’ games with
nothing short of well, Heaven. a delicious appetizer.