For the past three decades, the space at 2265 West 84th Avenue has held various incarnations of Babe's: Babe's on the Hill, Babe's Country, House of Babes and, most recently, Babe's Restaurant and Lounge. But the Babe's brand was finally put to rest on February 1, when longtime manager Glen Stevens transformed the spot into a live-music venue called the Take 5 Tavern.
"We're getting a whole new crowd," he says. "We made money off it for a while. It got kind of dangerous there. We were the number-one club for drug busts before they even got in the door. Most clubs don't care, but we do. We don't want that shit in here."
Years ago, Stevens recalls, one of the Babe's incarnations did feature live music -- but then the venue went with Top 40 DJs instead, and the stage was turned into seating. Now he's put in a new stage, complete with revamped lighting and sound systems.
For now, Take 5 is booking '80s rock bands Thursdays through Saturdays, but Stevens says he'll mix up the music more in the future. He also plans to add karaoke in the next few weeks and add other events, since Take 5 is open seven days a week. "We're just going to be trying out a little bit of everything," Stevens says. Rock cover band Crimson Sky plays the venue this weekend; Five13 takes the stage next weekend.
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