Bob Seger themed bar enjoys a successful opening weekend
Last Friday, when Dennis Collon and his family opened the doors to their new bar in Unionville he had no idea what to expect.
"I knew the first week would be somewhat busy because you've got people coming," said Collon.
But within an hour people had one thing on their mind; they were thinking about going to Cat Man Do.
"But it went above everything,” said Collon. “I mean we ran out of stuff I thought we were prepared for. I mean when a bar runs out of beer that's a bad thing."
The Bob Seger themed was packed wall to wall from around 12:30 until 9p.m. Collon said.
The inspiration behind the theme came from Collon’s daughter who said they should carry the B.O.B. on the menu, a basket of bacon.
Another contributing factor is Collon’s nickname, “Cat.” They helped lead to the name Cat Man Do, a play on Seger’s hit song “Katmandu” from his 1975 “Beautiful Loser” album.
The establishment’s location is at 3029 Bay St. in the small village of Unionville, so you won’t have to go wandering down Main Street to find it.
With the success of the first weekend, Collon has big plans for the bar. He said people’s main complaint was the empty walls, but he already has a plan.
A local artist is designing a mural for one of the walls of Seger in concert that will be made very soon. He also plans on putting up personal and meaningful things on the wall for him and his family.
Back in 1967 Collon had a brief run in with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and it led to an unforgettable night that inspired him 51 years later.
"He was Bob Seger and the Last Heard and he played at the Legion Hall and I was a junior in High School,” said Collon. “We came over here [resturant called Rocky’s] and played pool. Well he ended up walking over and I don't know if he even got anything to eat or anything but he ended up playing pool with us."
A family friend who knows Seger said he can expect them to pay a visit someday, and Collon has just one thought.
"Question I'm going to ask him is if he remembers coming over here and playing pool with us,” said Collon. “That's what I'm going to ask him."
But he'll make sure his special guest is taken care of.
"I'll recommend the Bob,” said Collon. “That basket of bacon is awesome, it's the best bacon I've ever had in my life."
The retired Mayville school teacher of 34 years fixed up the old Trapper John's bar and wants it to be a staple to the community, similar to the TV show Cheers.
"That's what we want to do, we want to have it where somebody walks in maybe we don't know them but when they leave we're going to know them."
Collins said he'd like for this bar to stay a family business. One of his daughters is the manager and his other helps out as much as possible.
He plans on being a big part of the community and sponsoring local sports teams and events in the near future as well.
One thing's for sure with Cat Man Do, Rock and Roll never forgets.