Believe it or not, it’s been almost three years since Alex Sadeghi, Jimmy Kessinger, Mark Byard, Greg Phelps, and Jerry Yerich opened the doors of Village Pub. In three short years, it has become a major player in the Florida entertainment scene. To celebrate their third anniversary, they have eight days of events planned:
Starting on Monday, October 5 (and featured all week long), customers will have the chance to spin the Prize Wheel to win VP swag. Also on Monday, they present their annual Turnabout; this year’s theme is “Show Tunes are a Drag…The Musical.” The show will start at 8:30 p.m. and benefits Team Cintora of The SMART Ride 12. On Tuesday, they feature Show Tunes Tuesday, which has become extremely popular. On Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Thursday at 9:30 p.m. (October 7 and 8), back by popular demand, Village Pub features the sounds of Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen. If you haven’t seen Amy and Freddy perform (I became fans on the RSVP Cruise), then you don’t know what you are missing. On Friday, October 9, the actual anniversary date, there will be speeches made by the owners at 7:30 p.m., followed by the annual cutting of the anniversary cake. Afterwards, catch the country vocals of Brian Scott, Star of Karaoke Battle USA. On Saturday, October 10, they invite everyone to dance until they drop in celebration of their third anniversary. On Sunday, October 11, they present the Prize Wheel finals, along with an encore performance by Brian Scott and the ever-popular Life’s A Drag with Daisy Deadpetals, Erika Norell and a guest. The weeklong anniversary celebration ends on Monday, October 12 at 9:30 p.m. as they present the one and only Lady Bunny in Delicious, Divine and Dirty. As always, Village Pub has no cover!
A couple of weeks before celebrating their anniversary, I was privileged to sit down with some of the owners of Village Pub to talk about the past, the present and the future.
What was the goal when you all opened up Village Pub?
We wanted to provide the community with a place they could call home…somewhere comfortable, but at the same time innovative and fun.
How is the dynamic between the owners after three years?
We still get along great! I think that is due to the fact that we all have our individual strengths and use them toward the common goal of making Village Pub a great place to be.
How has the Drive changed since you opened Village Pub?
Obviously there have been some changes and change is a good thing. It keeps us as bar owners from getting too comfortable. I am pleased to see that there appears to be a return of the camaraderie among the business owners. It’s nice to have businesses who work together!
Why do you think the community has embraced Village Pub so much?
I think it’s because we have created a place where our customers actually feel a sense of ownership of the bar. We have so many wonderful regulars who call VP home and at the same time the casual patron enjoys friendly service from an amazing staff who are genuinely glad they are there!
What does the upcoming year have in store for Village Pub?
Well, clearly our big news will be the opening of our kitchen shortly after the holidays. This is a major step for us, but it is definitely something that our guests have been requesting and we are happy to dive in to satisfy! Look for fresh and delicious bar food as well as a few signature items on our menu. Besides that, look for continuing special entertainment as well as a few cosmetic updates that we hope to implement over the next year as well!
Remember, Village Pub will be celebrating their third anniversary from Monday, October 5 through Monday, October 12, featuring various events and performances daily. For more information, visit them at VillagePubWM.com.