February 14, 2008

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Eats, drinks, dancing and sports
New life to the former Salty Dog/Brass Monkey/Envy
By Alec O’Meara aomeara@hippopress.com

Cousins-turned-business partners Tommy Spangler and Jeremy Jordan are looking to breathe new life into the downtown Manchester scene with Flambeaux, a three in one restaurant, music venue and sports bar at 1181 Elm St.

Inside, people will find three themed rooms, each offering a different atmosphere under a different name. The restaurant and primary bar area is Flambeaux proper, a casual dining atmosphere that will feature inexpensive standard American comfort food fare, with entrees ranging from $8 to $12. The eatery will be open for lunch and will even offer a special side room with a built-in projection screen for business presentations and conferences. The “Teal Room” can also be booked for special functions, Spangler said.

From the restaurant area, one can get a sneak preview of the other two rooms. After 9 p.m. The Voodoo Room, a stage area for live music, opens up. Where Flambueax offers the comfortable and familiar, The Voodoo Room is for music and dancing. Spangler said that the hope for the room is to present classic rock cover bands and original acts that offer upbeat music. He named the Black Brimmer’s music lineup and format as a goal to aim for.

“I want this to be more of a throwback to the 1950’s Tropicana style of place, where people go out and are excited to be seen and feel like they are part of an event,” Spangler said.

Toward the back, the circular room with the skylights will become “JT’s Sportsdome,” a sports bar with a 200-inch projection screen and a variety of sports-related arcade games. While Spangler will be focusing on the Voodoo Room, Jordan’s interests lie in making the sports dome a fun alternative. Jordan envisions an evening where couples might go out together in a group, and while guys play Golden Tee and watch a game, their girlfriends listen to music and dance.

“It’s a lot of different places at once, so you don’t have to leave to do something different,” Jordan said.

Out in the restaurant area, patrons can get a taste of both worlds, as a closed circuit camera will be projecting the band on a screen and a half-dozen 50-inch screens will be displaying the game. Variety is the name of the game, Jordan said.

“Both of us understand how to get people to have a good time,” Jordan said. “It’s hard to find a normal place to go, and we hope that’s what this can be.”

The location at the corner of Elm and Bridge Streets was most recently the Envy Nightclub, but Spangler and Jordan want to remind residents of the Salty Dog, a bar and restaurant that locals will remember from years ago. Both partners stressed a wish to mesh within the existing community.

“I think the people across the street are going to love having us here,” Spangler said. “I know that I would like to have something like this.”

The partners are optimistic for an opening sometime in February, but the exact opening date remains up in the air.


Jeremy Jordan, left, and Tommy Spangler are teaming up to open the versatile Flambeaux Bar and Grill in Manchester. Alec O’Meara photo.