New Direction/Revamping of Ballyhoo!

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  1. Ballyhoogrill

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    So, it has been realized recently that Ballyhoo has struggled to make an identity for itself. There has been much confusion as to what Ballyhoo is. Is it a bar? A Restaurant? A family dining establishment? A karaoke joint? No one really knows!!

    That being the case, I decided it is time to identify the place!!

    Ballyhoo, from now on, is your favorite place to hang out! It's the bar that let's you play beer pong, cornhole, etc. It's the place you want to go on Friday night to hear awesome live music and come back to on Saturday to sing a few karaoke tracks!! It's a don't care attitude having, beer drinking good time and everyone is invited!!

    In short, Ballyhoo is a BAR!!

    If you want to go out and have a good time and not worry about your more "sophisticated" friends seeing you funneling a beer, Ballyhoo is your new home!!

    Come on out and give us another try!!
     
  2. Teresa

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    Hey Ballyhoo! thanks for the clarification!!! But are you also a RESTAURANT during the day? Or a BAR that just happens to have lunch and dinner?
     
  3. Ballyhoogrill

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    Teresa,

    Thanks for the question!!

    We have been told we have the "Best Burgers on 30A" so we will not stop serving food ever!! We are revamping our menu and as soon as it is finished we will post it online for everyone to see!! We have some really awesome ideas in the works!!

    However, if your question is whether or not we are family oriented/kid friendly the answer is....maybe!! Essentially, if you bring your children to the "Hole in the Wall" bar in town and they happen to hear a curse word or two from one of the patrons, we can't be responsible for that.

    Though we don't necessarily encourage that type of behavior around children or anyone else for that matter we can't stop a grown adult from saying what he wants to say in our establishment.

    This whole post originated due to a comment on our Google Places page that said "not a family place." We have families in here all the time and they have a great time, so feel to bring your children. The point is, this is a bar and if someone doesn't feel comfortable in that situation we can't promise that they will be completely satisfied with our establishment.

    I hope this clarifies for you what is going on here at Ballyhoo and we hope that if anyone is looking to have a good time at a bar and not just sit around and drink like most places on this road that they would give us a try!!
     
  4. Ballyhoogrill

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    Let me say that we aren't trying to scare people away here. We are simply trying to find our identity. We are not going to scare kids or make them wait in the car. We just want to be a fun place for locals to hang out and drink, and maybe the non locals too!!
     
  5. salidaco

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    Are you offering free cab's home? Sounds like a place to go and get smashed. Note to self "Stay off 30A close to Ballyhoos"
     
  6. Ballyhoogrill

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    One could get smashed at a number of establishments along the A...you should be careful everywhere you drive.
     
  7. wesman70

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    I must say, as a local who likes a place to eat, drink, socialize, and hang out without the social requirements of some place with a tilde or accent on the last letter of its name; or even the pretentiousness of a realtor's convention (no offense realtors) , Ballyhoo is a really cool place.

    If you are one of those who always worries about what others think of you, then Ballyhoo may not be the place for you...at least I don't want you there because I have a tendency to steer away from superficial BS and those who participate in it. I do not own, operate or even work for Ballyhoo, but I consider it MY hangout.

    Then again, it might be a great place for you because you can be loved regardless of what you are pretending to be…there are no judgments’ and the people are real.

    All social statuses, all vocations, and cross sections of America walk up that sandy ramp. I have seen everything from Tag Heuers and Rolexes to Seiko’s and Timex’s in this place (Obscure reference to monetary status). Everyone gets along, has a good time, and ends up being friends before their visit is through.

    I have yet to find any other locals hangout that can make these claims.

    It reminds me of Awful Arthur's in Key West. It's a Bar with great "easy" food, decent entertainment, and a friendly local’s atmosphere. Prices are reasonable and the majority of the crowd is usually local.

    Slim, the new Ballyhoo'er in Charge, has taken great strides to elevate the standards of the food, the service, the entertainment, and the clientele...but it still maintains that "NO shoe's required feel" (Notice I said "feel". Please wear your flops)

    I have eaten; played and hung out there a great deal since Slim has taken over running the place back in late June. It has become a place where everyone knows my name (not to be cliche' about it), and I love this Bar!
     
  8. Teresa

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    be nice!:nono1::D

    We love the burgers at Ballyhoos and enjoy lunch as a family! Just wanted to be sure you still have burgers and fries!
     
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  9. Ballyhoogrill

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    Yes ma'am we do!! We have some really awesome ideas that we are about to implement, as I said previously, also. I'm really excited about them and hope that everyone will come by and try 'em out!!

    Bring the kids on by, we won't bite!!
     
  10. Ballyhoogrill

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    Thanks for loving the bar!! We really appreciate it and hope that other people will realize how awesome this place is!!

    Like Wes said, if you are looking for a place to be yourself and not worry about what the rest of the world thinks about you stop on by!!
     
  11. Ballyhoogrill

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    Check, check...is this thing on?
     
  12. John R

    John R needs to get out more

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    Yes, you can. The perception of your establishment originates from the top down. And if non family friendly language is being used within earshot, you should.

    It seems me me that you are still trying to figure out which 'new direction' you're headed in, and which group of patrons you want in your establishment. If you indicate your restaurant is family friendly, it should be. Parents do want to have to second guess if offensive language or behavior will affect their dining experience with their children.

    All this to say, there is no wrong end result. Just pick what you want to be perceived as, and go for it.
     
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    we go to Ballyhoo for lunch and always enjoy the food and company! very family friendly.

    however, I imagine things get rowdier at night time and then we are talking a local bar with a lot of adult funn going on. should I take the kid? depends on how late I'm staying. If I take the kid, I'm taking my own chances on language, etc. The kid would not mind but he probably needs to be at home anyway.

    I think Ballyhoo is doing a great job reaching out to locals and families. We need a local place like Ballyhoo that caters to locals and provides entertainment and a place to gather. Families need to make their own informed choices - and they typically do.

    Ballyhoo is under new ownership/management and is communicating constantly, honestly, and directly with the community about what they offer - and they are listening to what the locals like and want. how many places do that? I like the way Tim puts himself out there.
     
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  14. Ballyhoogrill

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    Well said! Thanks!
     
  15. Ballyhoogrill

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    Have you been to Ballyhoo since the new ownership/management has taken over? If so, what are your thoughts?
     
  16. AnnieJean

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    LOVE the new and improved Ballyhoo's! Stopped in to have a few drinks and an appetizer after doing promos for a band, and the bartender even let us take a few pictures at the bar! Turned the light off, removed a beer tap handle from the tap that was right in my sights (all without me so much as even mentioning it!), chatted us up and seemed genuinely interested in the band! So different from a few of the more popular establishments around here that are, well, quite frankly, nasty to the customers. PBR is super cold, and super cheap ;) And the fried dill pickle chips...... TO DIE! Went back for lunch about two weeks later, got the Black and Bleu burger. Can I just eat that for the rest of my life?
     
  17. Ballyhoogrill

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    Love to hear that people love to be here!! We are doing everything in our power to make this the best place on 30a! We need your help, so stop by, have a few brews and a burger or whatever is on special and let us know what you think so that we can keep up the good work!!
     
  18. 30A Skunkape

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    You guys got the NFL Sunday Ticket? McTighe's can get kinda crowded, Shades is kinda far to drive home from...
     
  19. Ballyhoogrill

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    We are in the process of getting it and will hopefully have it before the season is over...I know that isn't very reassuring, but we are doing what we can.
     

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