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The customer is king 

After a brief two-year stint as Long Boards, a biker bar at 483 W. Grand in Grover Beach, the King of Clubs has been restored to the throne. The new owner, Five Cities native Tamera Kandah, reopened the King of Clubs Sports Lounge on April 13.

Originally opened in 1953, King of Clubs enjoyed the friendly patronage of Grover Beach locals for half a century, and according to Kandah, the community is delighted to have it back.

"It's their bar," the owner says fondly of her local clientele, "I just run the place."

Kandah describes herself as a great listener and one who loves being around people. Prior to acquiring the bar, she operated a home care service for about seven years, working with the handicapped and elderly community. Although she found that work rewarding, she enjoys bar life even more.

"I wanted the opportunity to be around fun, happy people all the time, talking and listening," she explained. "People need to be listened to - that's what I'm here for."

And if the conversation should ever run dry, the bartender is standing close by to keep your lips lubricated with a full range of beers, wines, and sodas. King of Clubs currently offers about a dozen beers from the bottle, including the highly esteemed 22-ounce Fat Tire, and they'll start tapping the kegs next week to pour mugs and pitchers of Bud, Coors, Fosters, and Firestone.

As baseball season gets underway, sports fans will appreciate the many screens of televised entertainment, as well as the darts, billiards, pinball, and video games. Kandah is also excited about the eclectic selection of gifts and cigars she keeps behind the bar, and smokers will be relieved to find a sunny back patio where they can sip their suds and smoke their stogies without persecution.

And if that's not enough excitement under one roof, Karaoke nights are every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, and you're invited to sing the hits and shake your hips, like the King himself.

The King of Clubs, at 473 W. Grand Ave. in Grover Beach, can reached at 710-4086.

 

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Staff Writer Jeff Hornaday compiles
New Times' Strokes & Plugs. E-mail him at jhornaday@newtimesslo.com.

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