The Crows Nest Bar recently opened in Oak Ridge North, just off of the I45 North feeder in what was originally a Dairy Queen. Sorry to say that the drive thru has been closed for a long time. Long time residents of the area may recall that the roughly 20 year old building has seen various incarnations including a carpet outlet as well as PV Rentals split by several years of vacancy. For those of us with enough years of experience who can recall what the early style Dairy Queen stores were like, the building is an icon of Dilly Bars and soft serve cones filled with cold, sweet vanilla and chocolate goodness.
Dominique (pronounced Dominick) Crowe, former US Marine and lifetime hard worker along with the help of his investor Cathy Jones, opened Crow's Nest to the public on March 11, 2011 graduating from an ice house owner to a full liquor bar owner. And when you walk in to the Crow's Nest, you may just forget that it was ever a place frequented by moms, children, hunger busters or steak finger baskets. This is due to the hard work and design by Dominique in renovating the once commercial into an oasis of relaxation, great spirits, darts, billiards, karaoke, and live music. The first scheduled band "Underwood" will appear on May 28 with NO COVER. The plan is to offer a variety of events all with no cover and lower priced drinks than area competitors. The UFC fight on April 30th will also be presented with no cover.
The Crow's Nest bar is of course, open to all and aims to maintain a comfortable and safe atmosphere for everyone. The interior is non-smoking while the covered area out front is open for smoking. The city of Oak Ridge North does not have a smoking ordinance but Crowe and Jones opted to set up that way and report that it has worked well.