Sadly, we know why Cheyenne Saloon closed ... again

T he recession, construction on 55 West and said condo complex standing tall and empty have all been contributing factors to the closing of legendary Cheyenne Saloon last weekend. Full Story
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BillDarryl

Orlando, FL

#1 Mar 19, 2009
It's too bad, but Cheyenne really looked like it re-opened with no vision as to what kind of bar it should be (other than just "country"). My suggestions would have been to (a) Coyote Ugly up the place, get wild and really go for the young country crowd, or (b) turn it into a country House of Blues, focusing on quality bookings to make it a destination venue.
Who cares

United States

#2 Mar 19, 2009
Bars. Who cares. When did drinking and partying become worthy of journalistic notice? How postively mundane.
downtown resident

AOL

#3 Mar 19, 2009
And the fact that it is the last and fartherst bar in downtown didnt help either. Or maybe it was just way too big, giving that empty feeling.
MMC

Brooksville, FL

#4 Mar 19, 2009
This article was right on target!
Sammy

Pensacola, FL

#5 Mar 20, 2009
Who cares wrote:
Bars. Who cares. When did drinking and partying become worthy of journalistic notice? How postively mundane.
Funny. You read it.
Who Cares

United States

#6 Mar 20, 2009
Sammy wrote:
<quoted text>Funny. You read it.
Should have known an absolute idiot like you would say that. It is the blog equivalent of "your mother" - sort of like correcting spelling and grammar - a way to insult and disparage when you have no other means.
It was read because it was on the front page of the Orlando Sentinel - I bother to read news, and came here because of that.
Now.
The information on the Cheyenne Saloon closing was business news, downtown news, recession news, etc. The news on the rest was all get drunk news which is NOT news.
Now.

Once again. News on drinking and bars is not news. It is social propaganda and best left to gossip of fraternity boys and the girls who wish to attract them.
Hey Who Cares

Orlando, FL

#7 Mar 20, 2009
...Your Mother!
In Orlando

Orlando, FL

#8 Mar 20, 2009
I'm sure the sky-rocketing crime and aggressive pan-handlers downtown didn't help much either. Oh, and let's not forget the parking tickets!
Maxfield

Plymouth, MN

#9 Mar 20, 2009
In Orlando wrote:
I'm sure the sky-rocketing crime and aggressive pan-handlers downtown didn't help much either. Oh, and let's not forget the parking tickets!
Correct. Law abiding citizens of middle age dressed in business attire are not interested in being hasseled or mugged. It's easier to go to Winter Park Village and at least be safe.
su par

Deland, FL

#10 Mar 20, 2009
As billions of dollars are spent to "renew" an area that has been "renewed" for decades and there is no ignition point but a slow burn with the taxpayers money used as fuel, this is expected. There is even going to be a fife hundred million dollar stadium completed that will finally keep a business like this open. Soon another payout will be made or a selling of the properties or whatever. Perhaps soon, trying to survive will super cede the constant assinine urban renewal that get minimal results.
JWDC

United States

#11 Mar 20, 2009
Good article; insightful.
Rich White Guy

Lake Helen, FL

#12 Mar 20, 2009
In Orlando wrote:
I'm sure the sky-rocketing crime and aggressive pan-handlers downtown didn't help much either. Oh, and let's not forget the parking tickets!
Yes.... its a whole lot easier, safer and more enjoyable to ride our golf carts to the clubhouse in our gated communities than get out there with the riff-raff and the Obama voters.
Maxfield

Plymouth, MN

#13 Mar 20, 2009
su par wrote:
As billions of dollars are spent to "renew" an area that has been "renewed" for decades and there is no ignition point but a slow burn with the taxpayers money used as fuel, this is expected. There is even going to be a fife hundred million dollar stadium completed that will finally keep a business like this open. Soon another payout will be made or a selling of the properties or whatever. Perhaps soon, trying to survive will super cede the constant assinine urban renewal that get minimal results.
The stadium won't keep these businesses open. People will drink and eat the the venues, and after spending all that money will go home. Can you imagine all the traffic trying to get from your suburban job downtown to the Magic game? Why would anyone want to spend money on drinks or food in a blighted crime ridden downtown area?
From 32801

United States

#14 Mar 20, 2009
Downtown is perfectly safe. Gimme a break you Winter Park hot-shots.
mike smith

Madison, AL

#15 Mar 20, 2009
Cheyenne Saloon is a gorgeous venue and has been a significant part of Downtown Orlandos recent history. I think alot of people will agree that it is painful to see such a great facility sitting idle. Any city in the world should be so lucky to have such a room in their downtown area. The fact that the combination of conditions have created this sad and frustrating situation, makes for some good journalism for anyone who has any ties or who follows downtown Orlando news.
Since you seem to know so much about newspapers, you would know that sometimes publications will mix things up on the front page to attract new readers. I read the paper everyday and I do not appreciate every single story/article that is in it everyday either ... not possible. Lighten up "who cares", if you have something better to do then go do it .. rather than hang around and watch the comment board on an article you didn't care for.
Thanks again, Kelly, and congrats for getting a front page placement this week ...
Reality

Ocala, FL

#16 Mar 20, 2009
Hang over from the Glenda Hood era in downtown.
Reality

Ocala, FL

#17 Mar 20, 2009
From 32801 wrote:
Downtown is perfectly safe. Gimme a break you Winter Park hot-shots.
You betcha. Nothing going for an evening stroll west of
I-4 in Parramore. Beautiful sunset and gunfire.
Who Cares

United States

#18 Mar 20, 2009
Hey Who Cares wrote:
...Your Mother!
Exactly. Good for you for showing true colors!
Kelly Fitzpatrick

Chicago, IL

#19 Mar 20, 2009
BillDarryl wrote:
It's too bad, but Cheyenne really looked like it re-opened with no vision as to what kind of bar it should be (other than just "country"). My suggestions would have been to (a) Coyote Ugly up the place, get wild and really go for the young country crowd, or (b) turn it into a country House of Blues, focusing on quality bookings to make it a destination venue.


You couldn't have said it better BillDarryl! Both options you present I think would have done wonders for the place, even in the midst of the construction and the economy. Thanks Mike for the congrats, and everyone else for checking out the column!
johnny

Chesterfield, MO

#20 Mar 20, 2009
Hey, Who Cares, yo mamma.

Hey, In Orlando, stay home, with your mom, lock your doors, and sit on the couch with your shotgun, waiting for crime to bust through the door. Sounds like you're already doing that, though. Downtown is just as safe as anywhere in Orlando. The only thing you have to be afraid of is your own fantasies, it seems.

Kelly, my girlfriend and I would've gone to Cheyenne for a couple of beers had there not been a cover charge. That's what always killed it for us. Across the street, at Ceviche, you can see great flamenco dancers with awesome guitar players and get some great tapas and sangria while you're there, without having to pay a $10 cover.

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