I shouldn’t be as pissed off as I am, since it’s just a bar, but the new “Blitz Pearl” has royally ticked me off. For those of you who had never been to the old Blitz before, it was the perfect after-work wind down joint.
Coworkers and I would take to the shuffle board tables, play pool, enjoy their happy hour drink and food specials. Although the venue did turn into a huge frat party after 10, it was still a great place to watch games and just relax after work. Blitz was an upscale version of the Cheerful bars. Just one of those bars you wish you could replicate in every neighborhood in Portland (which they ended up doing in East Ladd), that is until my favorite bar in Northwest became Pearlified.
Recently, there was a sporting event that my coworkers and I wanted to watch. Without question we were out the door headed to Blitz. From a distance, we noticed a new feminine looking sign: Blitz Pearl. Upon entering Blitz, we were surprised to see the entire place had been renovated. The abundant pool tables, air hockey, hdtvs, projector screen, shuffle board and enclosed bar area had been removed. In their absence were leather couches, two pool tables and one shuffle board table. The new management team had gutted out the entire feel of Blitz.
The best way I can compare it; it was like the girlfriend moved in. Suddenly, all the fun was gone. Now you have to watch Thursday night College Football in the bedroom because it’s her book club night. That’s what the new Blitz:Pearl feels like.
Our favorite hangout place has been taken away from us. The bartender treated us like sh*t and one coworker made the perfect comment, “It seemed like she hated the fact we were there”. The feeling is mutual Blitz:Pearl.
Update: Portland Mercury has a great post about saving Blitz: http://blogtown.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2009/05/15/blitzed-five-fired-in-management-shakeup