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Dec 05, 2007

Hell Changes Owners but the Chairman is still the Chairman


Mark on the bar at Hell -- photo by Primo,
yoinked from Dave Thomas's Fistful of Plooble.

Mark Dorosin and Bronwyn Merritt, former Duke undergrad celebrities (Mark of "Cyrus X" fame and Bronwyn of the Duke Film Society) have sold their interest in Hell, the Chapel Hill bar/club that they opened in 1997.  I used to have an office next door and spent way too much time in that great place: the bar for people who didn't have a bar; home to dogs, foosball playing lesbians, skinheads to hug, disaffected civil rights lawyers, thirty-something musicians, politicians, and scenesters.

Mark's announcement email, below.

Subject: Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated...

Reports of my retirement however, are well taken.

As some of you may have heard, Bronwyn and I have, after 10 1/2 glorious, dank-laden years, sold our interest in that cruel but tempting mistress we call Hell.  It has been a fabulous and wild ride, and we want to thank all of you whose friendship, love, loyalty, dedication, appreciation and dipsomania made the bar such a great success, and the time we spent there so meaningful.  Without your support, counsel, good humor, and indulgence, neither of us could have hung in as long as we did, nor would we have wanted to.  We met many of you through the bar, and for that, we will always cherish the time we spent there.  The same cannot be said for the cirrhosis or the lingering effects of the second-hand smoke.

The bar itself will continue as Hell and remains in good hands and with all of the current staff you know and love.  Please continue to drink, dance and enjoy the increasingly intense live music schedule.  I will still be hosting Trivia on Thursday nights, and promise to be as low-brow, esoteric, rude, and shamelessly self-promoting as ever.  Krusty has set a high bar, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp.  "Hey-hey." You will undoubtedly find me there other times, nursing a PBL in the corner, muttering about socialism, and plotting my next scheme.

Speaking of next schemes and shameless self-promotion, we'll not lay low too long.  In April we will be producing a new trilogy of short plays at the Artscenter--"Assininenation: A Comic Perspective of Presidential Tragedy." We'll be looking for performers and of course, insist you all come out and laugh your collective ass off.

Emerson wrote that, among other things, "to laugh often and much" is to have succeeded. Looking back at the last 10 1/2 years, I am sure he was right.

We love you all, but are only in love with some you.


Mark & Bronwyn

03:45 PM in News, Triangulations | Permalink


Jeeze. Goodbye, Hell. You are my pool hall of choice. (I know it's not going bye bye, but whenever there's a change like this you lose a little of the essence.)

Posted by: Stew | Dec 5, 2007 5:50:02 PM

Strange events lately have been giving me the feeling that Hell is freezing over. Now this news.

Posted by: Elrond Hubbard | Dec 5, 2007 9:12:47 PM

Wow, 10 years?! Cheers. (And to whom was it sold? is a question.)

Posted by: Valerie | Dec 5, 2007 10:21:28 PM

Wow. I used to work with Bronwyn, at Womancraft, once upon a time. Obviously I never went to Hell. It's cool that it sounds as if she's still doing cool and creative things.

Posted by: Lenore | Dec 6, 2007 9:29:46 PM

Are you familiar with Neal Gaiman? In part of the Sandman series, Lucifer stops running Hell, moves to L.A., and opens a nightclub. You'd think it would be called "Hell," but instead it's called "Lux," which also makes a lot of sense. :)

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas | Dec 7, 2007 11:41:00 AM

did you see them on that home organization show? that was funny to watch people you sort of knew get their kitchen redone on tv.

Posted by: Pinky | Dec 7, 2007 12:06:30 PM

In case you check your referrals and wonder why I was here for hours, I wandered in because I was looking for info about the firetower and then got lost in your blogroll. I've been trying to figure out if there's a blogging community around here. And here you all are.

Posted by: Libby Spencer | Dec 11, 2007 12:15:17 AM