The Red Bar just celebrated its 24th anniversary in downtown Grayton Beach Florida the way it always does on Super Bowl Sunday with jello shots and music by Hubba Hubba. I am not sure how many years the old Grayton store building has existed before it became home of Redbar. The Red Bar burned to the ground on the morning of February 13 in a pre-dawn fire. The news has been heartbreaking for so many people. The response has been overwhelming by those who have experienced many life memories here over the years. We feel a bond. Ownership. Grief. Because of a place where we have gathered with friends and family many times over many years. I've even read posts by people who have never visited who can't wait to visit the rebuilt Redbar. Owner Oli Petit put out a statement that he plans to rebuild right away to the exact specs as the original building with perhaps nicer bathrooms. He says: Life goes on. And he's so right. Some say it can't be replicated. It will never be the same. Well I am grateful. That no one was hurt. That we had this place for so long. That it was cherished by so many people. That it holds so many memories and dreams. I don't know what a new Redbar will be like. We will see sooner rather than later. It will be a work of art for sure. It will honor our memories and capture our hearts with great food, music, drinks, fun and funk. Meanwhile. We have stories to tell and photos to share. They are everywhere online as Redbar lovers express their support for this unique little bar in our historic beach town. Let's share them here in the SoWal Community Forums where we have always told our stories. One thing is for sure. The Red Bar belongs to the community. She is all of us. We have a stake in her future.