Crowebar Revamping Its Way Into Prominence Again

“Mixed crowds” are redefining the historic social meeting place.


Few Coventry residents and visitors likely know the Main Street building housing is much older than 1929, the year of the old green Chevy placed in front of the historic establishment.

But owner Scott Crowe is making great strides to connect the best of the local past to the present and make this longtime social meeting place in as popular as it was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

“It used to be just an old saloon and sit-down drinking establishment,” he explained while sitting at his distinctive wrap-around mahogany bar. “I was told they had separate entrances for men and women. And it was right off the old railroad line (on Station Street) where visitors and workers could come in after a hard day of work and just drink.”

Crowe, 28, a 2002 CHS graduate, has been a lifelong resident of the town, as his father, Bob, was before him. The pair worked hard to renovate the bar after Scott purchased the property in 2006, including designing kitchen space.

But along with the physical work Crowe has continued to tailor his tavern to “a mixed crowd.” He is working hard to make his business appeal more to families during the day while continuing to draw after-work, late night and weekend, Sunday football and young 20s crowds as well as pool players and sports teams who assemble there after games.

“We have more of an older mix now than we used to,” Crowe noted. “It is not unusual to have moms and dads come here and say hi to their sons or daughters. A lot of people just want to come in, relax after work and have a friendly conversation. We also do a lot of party and holiday events, too.”

Around his 60-foot plus wrap-around bar and at newly placed tables, popular brews are served, but Crowe carries Harpoon and IPA, among many others. The bartenders are equipped to handle all kinds of martinis, vodkas and offer other specials on ‘Ladies Night’ and for just about any occasion.

As part of the evolution, besides usual restaurant fare, customers get to have a say in designing their own pizza and hamburger or just ordering Crowe’s Signature Chicken or ordering other dishes and appetizers with an American or international flair.

For entertainment, among local acts brought into the 125-person establishment are Kim Petrarca, Slam and Lola and the Pallbearers. Piano players, "Rachel and Jack" are there on Wednesdays. Friday night and Saturday nights often consist of acoustic and small bands.

The ambiance also includes one of his passions- marine biology- expressed twice in 75-gallon and 180-gallon tank aquariums.

Soon the business is going online on the website, crowebarandtavern.com, created by Marshmallow Fox Design of Coventry (Greene). “We can then take orders for food to go on the internet and will keep our customers updated on what’s going on here.”

While Crowe is looking toward the future, one of his favorite expressions is “old school.” Hanging on the walls is a picture of an old typewriter, for example, in addition to stylistic paintings of a man and a woman in the 1920s. “I would like to get some old photos of the area," he said.

Crowe enjoys being part of the restoration of the area in which the Crowebar resides. “It’s nice to be in an area now where the town has been building and cleaning up more,” he said, mentioning Coventry Shopper’s Park and across the street and adjacent businesses as friendly neighbors. Dunkin’ Donuts and Phusion Pharmacy have been welcome additions, too, he adds. “It has become more business friendly.”

If they help you, we help them,” he said of the community, his clients and even competitors, too.

Finally, Coventry is a place where Crowe thinks his bar can exactly fit the model of a former hit TV series. “This town is special because everyone knows everybody else here,” he said. “I’d love to have this bar have a ‘Cheers’ feel to it, where even if you walk in alone, someone will know you and call out your name.”

John Mahon December 16, 2011 at 01:28 AM
I was a bit disturbed when I visited this place at 3 P.M. on a recent weekday. I stopped in for a sandwich and a beer. I'm 75, and been in the military so I know all the words I heard here. It bothered me that there were females here at the time (note I did not say ladies!) and the language from at least one male was unnecessary. The bar maid told me that that type of talk occurs here. The only reason it occurs is 'BECAUSE YOU LET IT'. I would not bring my spouse nor daughter in here. You want to lose business in exchange for filthy talk fine. You have lost mine.
coventry voter-Jay December 16, 2011 at 12:47 PM
What goes on after closing time upstairs? Is there is alot of "connecting with people" still going on?
Coventry Jane December 16, 2011 at 04:30 PM
Wow, Voter. Please explain to me how that has ANYTHING to do with the story or the business. Way to be inappropriate. I have met friends at the bar several times and have always received great drinks and service. Can't wait to try the new menu!
Ernie December 16, 2011 at 08:34 PM
Mr. Mahon I am sorry that you were not satisfied with your experience during your visit but I can promise you that anyone being inappropriate weather its language or actions is not tolerated and if I was present when this happened the gentleman would have been asked to leave especially If there were Ladies present. We have been going out of our way to try to CHANGE the atmosphere and make it more into a place where you can go and grab something to eat and a drink rather than just a drink. Again I apologize for what happened and hope you will give us another chance. Thank You Ernie Nardolillo
coventry voter-Jay December 20, 2011 at 12:51 PM
Oh Coventry Jane, it has everything to do with it. “Revamping its way into Prominence”????? As what??? What bar in town should be credited as providing the most drunks on Coventry streets, resulting in one of the highest DUI rates arrests in the state. What bar in town has had more drunken fights than any bar in town since the 70’s. The exact # is tough to confirm because most scuffles do not make to the police log. Why is there a need to revamp this bar’s reputation any way? I would think if a “Life Long Coventry Resident” was running a bar in Coventry it would be run as an asset to the community from the start and not need to revamp its rep every election cycle… Oops I mean every few years. Speaking of elections the place does look like a who’s who in politics on any given night. Not that that’s a bad thing, but drinking and driving is wrong for everyone. I’m not saying this bar promotes Drinking and Driving. I think D+D if wrong no matter if you get dunk at home or get drunk out. Oh I forgot to mention, they have GREAT pub food there. Love the Wings and Skins.
coventry taxpayer 2 December 20, 2011 at 11:43 PM
Note to Jane: Don't bother wasting your breath on this sad, sorry hate filled little man "Coventry Voter"! He hides behind his keyboard in the wee hours crawling out onto the patch to spew his hate filled rants! Good news though I heard he may be moving out of coventry ;0)
coventry taxpayer 2 December 20, 2011 at 11:45 PM
By the way the last line on your rant makes you sound like Hannibal Lector " Love the wings and skins" LOL
coventry voter-Jay December 22, 2011 at 12:39 PM
Joe you have that public sector employee elitist attitude normally found in those employees who are taking advantage and beating the system. Not all public employees are like that, but you are always on the defensive and attacking others and their comments. Why Joe?? You don’t know me or my background. Your reputation over there in the home of the Gaspee Days precedes itself though. A quick Google of you has been very enlightening. The only “hate’ spewed here has been by you. Live and let Live Joe, you will feel better and live a happier life.
coventry taxpayer 2 December 22, 2011 at 02:40 PM
You have the right-wing american taliban attitude, The people you say I represent gave more to theyr'e communities than you could ever fathom being the selfish right-wing elitist that you are! Now I'm glad you are stalking me ,I must have hit a nerve . How about your take on Guthrie??? No hate there ?
coventry taxpayer 2 December 23, 2011 at 12:49 AM
I agree with Jane everytime I have been in the Crowe bar I have had a great time and Scott is a great guy. Always look forward to going there meeting friends and having a couple of cold beers and great wings or bbq pizza!


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