Citing tough economic times Elk Bones Tavern owner Tanner Macleod sadly announced the closing of the favourite watering hole this week. "The Elk Bones Tavern has served the community of Manitou since 1854 and has changed hands nine times since its establishment in 1854" Tanner told the Corran Journal this morning. "The best time in its history, other than when I ran it of course, would be the Roaring Twenties. The ale flowed as easily as the women from one young lad to another. It was a different time indeed and the success enjoyed during that time kept it alive during the tough war years."
The Elk Bones Tavern has been in operation since Louis deVanner first opened its doors 162 years ago next month. The Tavern was open every day to the public, except Sundays of course, except during 1941 when it was enlisted to help with the war effort by serving troops stationed in Manitou. The Tavern almost closed in the late seventies, due to the recession and collapse of the oil markets, but managed to scrape by an existence until the economy recovered.
"They thought of modernizing it in the nineties to include computers and internet but the patrons said 'no way' they loved the medieval feel to the Tavern and the owners scrapped the idea" said Tanner. "It's a good thing too, we would not have bought it in 2009 if it had been turned into some lousy internet cafe." Unfortunately the refusal to advance to modern times may have been a contributing factor in its closing this week. The dated atmosphere appeals to an aging crowd and they are not spending Maples the way they used to.
"It is a different time now" said CAO Winter Silversmith who enjoyed a weekly pint of mead at the Tavern since late 2015. "Clubs and watering holes like Elk Bones are suffering with a significant loss of patrons. Avatars just don't have the extra Maples to spend on drink and dancing these days. The additional exchange fees charged by Podex certainly do not help regardless of the 'break' they are giving Canadians to buy currency on their own grid."
The municipality has one other tavern in operation, the Wretched Raven Tavern in Midland. Corran Journal spoke to the owner, Reid Vansloven, this week and he agreed that the economy is tough and they are struggling to stay open. "We opened this tavern in 1996. The building was originally located in another town and we paid about MC$15,000 to have it moved to its current location. The municipality was starting to grow and we got in here just as the housing boom started up throughout the rural regions." Wretched Raven Tavern is located across from the Manitou Emergency Operations Centre in Midland region of Manitou.
"Our head office is located across the street" said Winter "I try to stop in there for a light lunch when I'm actually working in my office." The Wretched Raven offers light lunch of sandwiches and soups and an international selection of ales and lagers. It is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm. "We are considering opening for supper now that Elk Bones is closed" said Reid "there's still some avatars who want to sit and chat and enjoy the atmosphere free of the noise pollution of cellphones and laptops".
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