Remedy’s remedies Toads’ image problems under new ownership
September 7, 2013
The story of Remedy's Bar, which soon celebrates a year under that name and new ownership by two women, sounds a bit like the tale of the princess and the frog.
But in this case, it's the frog's kissin' cousin, the toad. Remedy's, at 306 E. William St., used to be called Toads in Carson City. The new owners, Lisa Tucker and Megan Torres, picked up the bar after Toads had problems with repeat trouble and police calls there, and was closed.
They gave it a facelift and new name to "completely change the appearance and image." In other words, with a kiss of new paint, wall coverings, other finishing touches, plus a zero-tolerance policy for trouble, Toads became the prince for them called Remedy's.
Sheriff Ken Furlong labeled it a success story and a win-win situation, noting just a couple of early incidents occurred after Remedy's opened Sept. 28. Problems ebbed and his office isn't overtaxed by calls there, he said.
"There was every reason to be skeptical," Furlong added, but he noted skepticism by city officials wound up being unwarranted.
The owners say they "have banned anyone who has tried to create problems inside or outside the bar" in their bid to create a safe environment.
Tucker, the bar's bookkeeper and financial manager, and Torres, the on-site manager, had been associated peripherally with the previous bar in the location across from the Jack in the Box at East William and Stewart streets. Torres had worked there and Tucker did the books, so they decided to take on the business when they saw the opportunity.
They plan a one-year anniversary party Sept. 28 with a barbecue at 6 p.m. and a live band at 7:30 p.m. They bill it a customer-appreciation party for loyal customers and to invite new people to check it out.
With five or six employees, Remedy's plans various events this fall: country nights, perhaps once monthly; an October fundraiser to benefit breast cancer awareness; a Halloween and Day of the Dead party Nov. 1; pool tournaments each Sunday and pool leagues on Monday and Wednesday nights; and a dart league Thursday nights.
"Our goal," Tucker said, "is to make it the best it can be, to build on its potential."
On Wednesdays, Remedy's also has a "Save Me Night" with drink specials for military personnel, first responders and health care personnel such as physicians and nurses — anyone with a job geared wholly or partly to saving lives or defending the country.
Tucker said the business is evolving and emerging as matters keep progressing. Her partner was even more upbeat.
"It's been awesome," Torres said. "We're excited to see what's to come."