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Retriever's returns

Boro favorite nightspot reopens with more sports, more size


October 20, 2008

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    Retriever’s regulars and newcomers alike are in for a few pleasant surprises. The restaurant and bar reopened Friday, Aug. 15 with several new changes that give Retriever’s more of a sports-bar feel.
    The renovations started in April, and the restaurant had been closed since the end of GSU’s summer session.
    “We wanted Retriever’s to have a more Dave and Buster’s feel,” manager Nathan Queen said. “We added more games, more pool tables … it’s similar to Dave and Buster’s, but you don’t have to spend five dollars to play a video game.”
    Changes at Retriever’s include 10 new 42-inch 1080p televisions, a 60-inch 1080p high definition projector screen, five pool tables, dart boards, ladder ball (also known as “redneck golf”), sports toss (also known as “beanbag toss”) and the stage has been moved to the opposite end of the bar.
    The addition of the new televisions gives Retriever’s more of a sports bar-feel, which Queen said was the goal.
    “We are generally going all-out for the sports bar,” Queen said. “We have Dish Network, so we have ESPNU and pay-per-view networks … every college game you would want to watch is available on Saturday to watch here.”
    While Retriever’s has no current plans to open on Sundays, Queen said that if that were to happen, the sports bar/restaurant would switch to DirectTV so that all 14 NFL games would be available for patrons to watch on Sundays.
     “We are the only sports bar in the Southeast that has all hi-def T.V.s,” Queen said. “It was a rather expensive venture, but it was well worth it.”
    In addition to the new entertainment features, Retriever’s expanded into the area that was formerly Cloud Nine, giving the establishment room to expand and better serve guests.
    “The top two complaints we got before were that there weren’t enough girls’ bathrooms, and that it was always too hot,” Queen said. “Now there are more bathrooms — we doubled the size of the ladies’ room — and made the bar bigger so that we could better service our customers.”
    Retriever’s also sports five new air conditioning units, so patrons are treated to more than 75 tons of cool air in the building now, Queen said.
    Along with the interior changes, a renovation of the outside patio is slated for completion in September.
    “We just didn’t have enough time to get that done before school started,” Queen said.
    In the meantime, there are several new picnic tables and new umbrellas on the patio for guests to use.
    The turnout for the reopening of Retriever’s was so high that people were being turned away due to the establishment reaching maximum capacity, according to Queen. Maximum capacity at Retriever’s is 300 people.
    Several of the patrons at Retriever’s “Beer and Wings” night this past Tuesday took advantage of the new pool tables and games, and more spacious accommodations.
    “The place really has a fresh new look and great new atmosphere,” A.J. Roberson, a GSU student, said. “I think it will attract more people because of all the new games and the roominess.”
    Kelsey Hall, a GSU junior, agrees.  
    “I like that (Retriever’s) is a lot bigger,” Hall said. “It gives us more space to hang out and relax with friends now.”

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