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By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, January 18, 2001

New name
for old bar

THAT cozy little , narrow bar in the Dillingham Transportation Building was for many years known as the Clubhouse. When the owner died, the new owner stuck her name on it and it became Willie's Clubhouse. Now it's about to change handsMug shot and names again, and as of next month will be called Fergie's Pub after new owner John Ferguson, formerly co-owner of O'Toole's ... When Restaurant Row was about to open for the first time, Row Bar operator Alan Beall gave me a tour of the place and asked what I thought. I told him that the welded-in bar stools were so uncomfortable that I felt I were sitting astride a John Deere Tractor. He acknowledged the complaint somewhat, and had padded seat covers made to fit. They were still uncomfortable. But now, a mere dozen or so years later, Beall has removed the seats and installed rattan chairs and stools. Better late than never ... Perhaps in honor of this one belated remedy, though I doubt it, Beall has been awarded the National Association of Industrial & Office Properties' Lifetime Achievement Award ... Meanwhile, Martha Harding missed her seven-and-a-half minutes of fame when a prior commitment prevented her from attending the silver anniversary meeting of Small Business Hawaii at the Ala Moana Hotel. The restaurateur, who owns the 18-year-old Cisco's, among others, was represented by her partner, Greg Blotzky, and he was nonplussed for them both in accepting their award as Small Business Persons of the year for the entire state ...

Hot Jazz in July

JUST back from New York is Abe Weinstein where the 8th annual Hawaii International Jazz Festival had a booth at a jazz educators conference. He's already lined up 15 high school and college jazz bands to perform at the daytime educational part of the jazz fest in July. Meanwhile, Stan Kenton alumni will be well represented at the fest. The Four Freshmen will perform as will such other Kenton alums as Gabe Baltazar, Bud Shank, Marvin Stamm, Ollie Mitchell and Dick Hyde. Vocalist Carmen Bradford, who spent nine years with the Count Basie Orchestra, will also perform. Dates are July 19-21 ...

FORMER Brand X columnist Tom Horton, who left the newspaper business in favor of food and drink, two of his favorite things, is back for a visit with wife Karen and daughter Kate. Horton now owns the hugely popular Stinson Beach Grill across the Golden Gate Bridge and over a mountain from San Francisco. After leaving columning behind, he was the genial host (a joke!) of Epicurean Consensus, possibly the worst-named eatery anywhere, in Puck's Alley ...

A FEMALE friend gave me a bath the other day. Let me hasten to clarify -- she gave me a certificate for a deep tub bath at Malama, the incredibly luxurious spa and care center next to Neiman Marcus in Ala Moana Center. It's a kind of "Star Wars" experience, sitting in a deep tub of scented water with constantly fluctuating jets of water playing over your body while different colored lights go up and down. All you need is music and something to nosh on and you have all five senses in play ...

Coffee in a tea room?

THE Tea Parlor at Mission Houses Museum began this week opening at 7:30 a.m. weekdays serving continental breakfast, and while teas are available, you can also get Alika's Gourmet Kona Coffee. And if teatime (served 2:30-4:30 p.m.) isn't your cup of tea, a new luncheon service will open there in the next few months ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
His columns run Monday through Friday.

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