To the Advertiser-Gleam:
This is in response to a letter that ran in the Advertiser-Gleam and Lakeside Post in June entitled "Reader's View - Bar wrecking the peace and quiet."
I am Randy Wedgworth, one of the owners of Downtown 412. I would like to respond to the letter that was in the Reader's View of the Lakeside Post and Advertiser-Gleam.
I will begin with a little history about me and owning a business in Guntersville. My deceased wife (Joan) and I have had a business license in Guntersville for over 25 year. We started with Body Blasters (gym), Trends (hair/nail salon) and in 2011 we opened Key's, a small restaurant/bar. I
n 2012 we moved to the Pointe of Val Monte which was also a restaurant/bar. Joan passed away January 2017 and I closed the Pointe in September of that same year. In August 2018 we opened Downtown 412 on Old Town Street where a bar has been located for over 40 years.
Downtown 412 is a lounge, which by state law is an establishment that does not sell at least 51% food. Being a lounge means no one under the age of 21 can enter. We hire door men to check ID's and oversee the safety of our patrons.
Occasionally a situation may get 'out of hand' and the person(s) may be asked to leave. When this happens we make sure someone is there that can drive or we take their keys until someone can pick them up. We very rarely have any trouble in the bar. We try very hard to keep the bar safe, clean (HD score 96), and trouble free. A good example of this bar’s reputation is that parents have called and said their son or daughter was turning 21 and coming to Downtown 412 and asked me to keep an eye on them.
As far as the noise coming from the bar, we do not have bands, but we do have one or two piece acoustic sets. We also play music on our surround sound system. We have to keep the sound at a level that our bartenders can hear and communicate with our patrons. We also keep our front door closed except for people entering or exiting.
Now the parking lot - I do not allow the door men or bartenders to go out into the parking lot while we are open. In 3-1/2 years in this location, this is the first I have heard of the reckless behavior that you referred to in the Reader's View.
The few times that we have had to call the Guntersville Police, they have responded very quickly, not with one patrol unit but two or three. Those officers have been very professional and stayed as long as needed. They also do drive through patrols on Old Town Street at night. I think the Mayor and Chief of Police are doing an outstanding job developing our city and protecting residents.
Mrs. Matthews, as part of this community, I apologize if you have had any issues. I welcome you to call me or step down for a visit. We are more like a sports bar with 7 TVs and a 8’ x 12’ big screen. We can have different ball games on at the same time. We also allow people to bring in their food.
Come in on a Monday or Thursday and play some Jenga, pool, darts, or Wii bowling with us. We serve free tacos and nachos on Tuesday.
Wednesday night is karaoke with some awesome singers. I welcome you and always look forward to meeting my neighbors.
Please contact me in the future,
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