Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis: Bobby's Place Downtown Shuts Down

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis: Bobby's Place Downtown Shuts Down

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BAR ICED * Bobby's Place Downtown closed Saturday, with owners saying a decline in business along Washington Avenue and higher minimum wages led them to close the doors.

"We have a place now on Hampton that we just got going really, and we decided the best way to go was to focus on that and our other locations," said co-owner Jason Lee.

Along with the Hampton location, Lee and his partners operate Bobby's Place joints in Valley Park and St. Charles, where they also have the 212 Club.

Lee said the Hampton joint will hold a "downtown appreciation" night on June 18, "just to say thanks to all the staff and customers."

But fear not, Athina "Tina" Miller, fans, for she has moved with Lee's crew to work Monday nights at the Hampton joint.

She also is maintaining her 35-year stretch of service around the Wash Ave strand. Miller became the darling of downtown denizens during her 1982-2015 stretch at Missouri Bar & Grille.

Miller, who turned 80 in April, will work Fridays and Saturdays nights at Flannery's on Washington.

"You know me," she said, "I have to keep working."

TUNE TOME * Former STLer and longtime sportswriter Bill Christine is back putting pen to paper.

A 1956 graduate of the long-gone Assumption High and Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Christine reported that publishers McFarland & Co. have picked a Nov. 10 release for his book: "They Left Their Hearts in San Francisco: The Lives of Songwriters George Cory and Douglass Cross."

The work looks at the lives of the songwriting team that had only one hit the ode to the City By The Bay that Tony Bennett made into a classic in 1962.

"I discovered that very little had been written about the two, even in San Francisco," Christine said. "There is a statue of Tony Bennett (in San Francisco) that mentions the song, but that's it."

Christine lives in California and spent more than 40 years covering sports, mostly baseball and then Thoroughbred horse racing.

He began with the East St. Louis Journal (which became the Metro East Journal), then made stops in Baltimore, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Chicago before capping his career with a 24-year stint at the Los Angeles Times that ended in 2006. …

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