Never visited Quotes
The only time I hear about the bar Quotes is when there's trouble or it's attached to trouble. Case in point, take a look under the local news section this morning. 'Janesville bar put on notice' is about Quotes and the problems it continues to attract. I've never walked in the place. Why? You'll rarely find trouble if you aren't looking for it.
I'm not much of a bar person. I used to visit Fin's quite a bit for the pizza and nachos. The pizza is still good but the nacho portions have shrunk. The good thing about Newville is that another place with good food is just across the river: Anchor Inn. The crowds at both of these places are tame. In fact, I had supper at Anchor a few Friday's ago. It was packed inside and out. We were sitting inside, over looking the outside patio area, and I commented that Anchor Inn is a great 'people watching' place. There are young and old, singles and families, and everyone in between. The best part - no trouble - at least no trouble when I visit.
As I left Anchor on that same Friday night I overheard someone ask if they wanted to go 'downtown'. Quotes? The question was asked. The consensus in the group was no. They didn't want the trouble.
So, how do certain bars keep the riffraff out? I have an acquaintance who owns a local bar and he said the best way to keep trouble out is to keep a handle on the music that is played and keep the prices reasonable. Not cheap, not expensive - reasonable. It's hard to turn stools with expensive brew. Trouble makers are cheap.
Why does trouble flock to Quotes? The same crowd walks past Looking Glass and Legend's. I don't read about Legend's in the public record and it appears the problems at the Glass have been contained.
No, I've never visited Quotes and I don't think I'm going to start anytime soon. Sometimes perception is reality. I don't want to be caught in reality. Like I said, I'm not looking for trouble.
Ever visit Quotes?
Steve Knox was born, raised and landed back in Janesville. He encourages you to participate as he writes on Janesville and beyond as this Generation X guy supports his Janesville mission, global vision. Steve is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.