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The Bar Tab

Orlando's Blank Space closes, Wall Street to open new bar in The Globe's old space

Like pets and Terminators, even the coolest bars in Orlando have to die sometime. I wish I could tell you that Blank Space Gallery and Lounge (201 E. Central Blvd., Orlando), that awesomely weird art bar with a bottle selection purloined from the world's beer museums, simply went away to a farm in the country to live with a nice family. Sadly, it passed on June 1 in a blaze of half-priced booze and hastily painted walls (see Live Active Cultures, page 18). The good news is that the man who created it (and my unquenchable love of peat-smoked beers), David Charles Desormoux Jr., intends to open a newer, blanker space in the near future.

Last weekend also saw the final nail hammered into the coffin of Wall Street Plaza's The Globe, which actually feels like something of a blessing since it's been lying in a sort of semi-functional repose in an open casket for the last two years or so. The Wall Street Plaza folks are opening a new venue to replace the old stalwart. We should expect something shiny and new to open its doors in August.

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