Broadways Tavern at 3978 South Broadway hosts grand opening celebration all weekend

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Over the past decade or so, Broadways Sports Tavern, a pool and dart bar at 3978 South Broadway, was open one day a week for a pool league. But in September, Danielle Jurnisky, who was an owner of the Aussie Pub down the street, and Chel Johnson, who was a bartender there, teamed up to take over the bar, and when they did, they chopped the "Sports" bit from the name. This weekend, Broadways Tavern is throwing a grand opening celebration that kicks of tomorrow night and runs all weekend.

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"Our basic outlook on all of this is that your local bar -- your neighborhood bar -- is pretty much your community center," says Matt Need, who's handling promotion and marketing for the bar. "That's what we've been trying to establish ourselves, as we're bringing in some of the better local talent, and bringing some of our people together. I guess what you want to be if something goes on the first place, you want to talk about it is Broadways Tavern."

Need says Broadways is just getting the live music rolling, and there's karaoke on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and an acoustic open mike night by the bar's fireplace that just started up on Tuesday nights. There's also poker, pool and dart leagues on Thursdays and poker and football on Sundays. And Need, a stand-up comedian who runs an improv comedy school, gets the week started on Mondays with his Filthy Sexy Funny trivia nights.

"It's kind of like trivia," he says, "except that I really hate dry, shitty trivia where you sit around and go, 'What was the capitol of Ethiopia in 1947?' These are all semi-dirty questions, and it's run by me, so it's kind of a little profane to start with."

The festivities kick off this Friday night with a red carpet and photographer from 6 to 9 p.m., followed by the Pharaohs at 9 p.m. On Saturday, it's the Broadlympics, which includes four-person teams competing in various events, and a karaoke contest that night. On Sunday, meanwhile, Hazel Miller, with guests Chris Daniels and Jake Schroeder (formerly of Opie Gone Bad), will play from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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