Almost from the beginning, Washington Avenue sports bar Sawyer Park was embattled.
There were the allegations of racial profiling at the door, a shooting nearby in 2011, the malleable dress codes, its "doucheoisie" clientele, a partial blinding of an employee, and the people who still missed its former life as the gluttonous Pig Stand.
On Tuesday night, everyone finally got the message that it was closed after four years of business, with a sign out front thanking patrons for their years of business. There was also a storage pod out front. An outgoing message on the club's answering machine thanked customers for the memories.
The bar's closure is just another nail in the coffin for this era of Washington Avenue. Closures and changes to bars have been rampant up and down the street.
What Has Happened to Washington Avenue?
The avenue was the subject of two Houston Press cover stories, "Wild on Washington" and "Getting Past the Bouncer," the latter investigating the claims of minorities that various high-falootin' bars around the city -- and many off Washington -- were discriminating against minorities at the door. "Bouncer" painted a pretty bleak picture of bar-and-patron relations.
The bar on the corner of Sawyer and Washington, just a block away from Beaver's, had a beautiful view of downtown -- that is, if you were lucky enough to pass inspection at the front door. More »