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Blue Goose Tavern makes quick move to new location
Sometimes all you need is a little help from your friends.
And that is exactly what Blue Goose Tavern owners Susie and Curtis Geisler got.
Within a 12-hour window, the couple — along with friends and patrons — cleared out everything from the old Annapolis location at 1931 Bay St., to their new location at 1604 Bay St., across from the Westbay Plaza.
Susie Giesler said when the tavern closed at 2 a.m. June 7, they started moving equipment, speakers, signs and other items.
“By that afternoon, we had to move shuffleboards and pool table here by 2 p.m. that same day,” said Susie Giesler.
The hardest part of the transition was moving two shuffleboard tables, along with a pool table. She said it took about a dozen men to move the large, heavy wooden slabs from the shuffleboard tables.
The couple purchased the Blue Goose Tavern five years ago from Susie Giesler’s aunt, Dee Hudson, who owned the tavern for more than 30 years at the Annapolis location.
She said the new building is more than 4,100 square feet, a far cry from the 1,000-square-foot concrete building that had an occupancy of 49 people.
“We utilized every space in the old building,” Giesler said. “I had something in every spot. Now I have so much room, I don’t know what to do.”
Occupancy in the new building will be 150.
“We did a lot of repair and a lot of cleaning to get into here, because it has been neglected for years,” Geisler said. “We’re buying this which is a much better deal. We have a low mortgage payment and we’ll own the building.”
With the additional space, Giesler has a large commercial kitchen, which will allow the tavern to begin serving breakfast and lunch, along with specialty dinner specials.
“At our old location, we mostly had our fried foods and hamburgers,” she noted.
New hours at the new location will be 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. and more staff is needed.
Geisler also is planning to have live music, dancing, karaoke and comedy shows in a separate part of the building. A stage will be constructed and the room will have old memorabilia, signage and mirrors from the old location.
“I am so partial to a lot of the old things that has been in the family and on the wall, I just brought it all down here,” she explained. “I am trying to keep the old with the new. People aren’t very happy with change sometimes.”
Giesler even found a place for part of the old bar in a corner of the building.
“I had to bring a piece of the old bar with me,” she said. “It may look a little goofy, but it is a part of the old bar.”
She said the inspectors from the city, fire department and health department were great to work with during the transition.
“I went to them first before I made the deal with the bank,” Geisler said. “Everybody was great. Before we bought the building, I went around and talked to all the inspectors about the building to make sure the transition was possible.”
There is some minor work and painting being completed on the building.
Geisler said the first night at the new location, the tavern was packed with customers and it has seen an increase in business in the first few days.
“We’ve come along way from our little space to where we are now,” Geisler added. “People are real excited for us.”