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File #: RES 18-1362    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 8/22/2018
Title: Declaring August 22, 2018, Holly Monnett Day in Saint Paul.
Sponsors: Samantha Henningson
Declaring August 22, 2018, Holly Monnett Day in Saint Paul.

WHEREAS, 1415 University Avenue West was originally opened as the fine dining restaurant Tip Top Tap in 1941, became the Town House in 1949, and was rebranded in 1969 by then-owner Emmett Jewell as Saint Paul’s first gay bar; and
WHEREAS, in the early 1970s, the drinking age being 18, a softball player with the well-known slow-pitch team, Avantis, named Hollis (Holly) Monnett began frequenting the Town House; and
WHEREAS, on August 1, 1974, after being laid off from her day-job at a factory, Holly began working at the Town House; starting as a dishwasher and quickly being promoted to bar back and then bartender, requiring her to give up her softball career; and
WHEREAS, after serving as the manager for seven years, Holly bought the Town House on August 1, 1987; and
WHEREAS, in 1990, Holly and her friend Steven Anderson, a reputable DJ and scholar, successfully rebranded the Town House as a gay country western bar named “Town House Country”, complete with line dancing and two-step lessons, DJs, and a piano lounge in the back room; and
WHEREAS, in 2000, the Town House merged staff and clientele with popular gay bar Over the Rainbow/Foxy’s on West 7th when the Over the Rainbow lease was not renewed, branding the merged spot, the Town House Bar, a dive bar focused on entertainment such as karaoke and drag shows; and
WHEREAS, during the construction on the light rail, where the street was closed on and off for two years, Holly pinched pennies and the bar lived off a dedicated reserve account she had created when she first learned about the train; and
WHEREAS, Holly and the staff of the Town House have created an inclusive, stable establishment where there is truly a sense of family; and
WHEREAS, the Town House’s entertainment programming not only serves up fun, but often gives back to important causes, like weekly bingo that benefits the Aliveness Project, an organization that supports people li...

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