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Johnny Bang Bang's nightclub closed for face-lift

Johnny Bang Bang's nightclub at 138 N. Front is closed while owners prepare for a major overhaul. (H-W Photo/Phil Carlson)
Posted: Jan. 7, 2013 2:03 pm Updated: Jan. 28, 2013 4:27 pm

By DOUG WILSON
Herald-Whig Senior Writer

Johnny Bang Bang's nightclub at 138 N. Front is closed while owners prepare for a major overhaul.

"They're planning a significant face-lift on the inside of the building. There are a couple of sets of blueprints" under review, said Reggie Summers.

"I would say it will be open no later than July, but it could be as little as four months from now."

Johnny Bang Bang's liquor license was allowed to lapse recently because "it did not make sense to hold a liquor license" when it would not be in use during the interior work, Summers said.

The nightclub was launched in May 2001 by Sondi and Jerry Brockmiller as Backwaters. The business catered largely to younger patrons.

It was sold in early 2011 to Duane and Julie Venvertloh, and Rich and Lora Marcolla, who reopened the business as Johnny Bang Bang's in mid-2011. The owners' goal was to attract patrons in the 40-plus age group as well as those in their 20s and 30s.

Rich Marcolla said he has sold his interest in the business to Duane Venvertloh.

The building has a stage as well as three levels, and could handle several hundred customers when special acts were brought in.

-- dwilson@whig.com/221-3372

EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this story indicated that Bryan and Donna Smith were part of the group that bought the nightclub in 2001, but Bryan Smith says he and his wife never owned the facility.