It's been a little over three months since anyone bought a drink at CK's Sports Bar. But this Saturday, April 8, two of its former bartenders, Shayla Ruland and Shannon Garrett, will open Last Stop Sports Bar in CK's space at 12 Malletts Bay Avenue in Winooski.
To drink, they'll offer seven draft beers — mostly local — and wines by the bottle and glass. Food service will consist of endless free popcorn, pizzas and soft pretzels.
Though Garrett and Ruland have lots of love for their predecessor bar, Last Stop is no CK's 2.0. "We dreamed of cleaning it up and making it into a place where all kinds of people feel comfortable," Garrett said.
Turns out, the bar needed more than just cleaning to pass a city health inspection; planned updates evolved into a total renovation. This summer, the new owners plan to outfit the back deck with ample seating, ambient lighting and other attractions that will invite patrons to relax and stay a while.
For now, visitors can partake in indoor games such as jumbo Jenga, pool, foosball, air hockey, cornhole, darts and tickets. The bar will also host live bands and karaoke — and, of course, all of the season's sports games on huge TVs.
In keeping with the sporty theme, Ruland and Garrett are soliciting sports pictures from locals. "We have a thousand frames, all ready to go," Garrett said. "We want this bar to be a clean bar, a safe bar. We want to match the direction the town is moving in. It's always been a close-knit place; we want to keep it that way, but we want new people to visit and stay."
Last Stop will host a grand opening celebration on April 21.