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August 12, 1980 - Image 7

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On the Old
West Side,
the Party
is over
By STEVE HOOK
"It was the longest running party in
Ann Arbor," Ned Duke sighed from the
deserted interior of Mr. Floods Party
(122 W. Liberty).
Duke, who owns the defunct night-
club, as well as Leopold Bloom's and
The Gallery next door (a restaurant
and a lounge which have also closed),
expresses little bitterness about what
he was forced to do when the debts
became unmanageable earlier this
month. "We had a good long run," he
said yesterday afternoon, "a lot of good
memories. Flood's was home to a lot of
people."
INDEED, FROM its inception in 1969,'
the elaborately decorated West Side
bar drew a relatively small (by
Dooley's standards) but ardently proud
and loyal clientele - primarily con-
sisting of non-students. Mr. Floods Par-
ty (called Andy's Bar when it was pur-
chased) offered offbeat blues, folk, and
jazz musicians to its customers while
disco and rock clubs grew around cam-
pus during the '70s. In addition, the on-
ce-abandoned dowtown area began to
appeal to people once again.
"It was a very political time when we
opened," Duke explained. "We had a
more political appeal."
"People got away from liking music
for music, towards liking music for
dancing, and just background music.
As more competition moved into the
area, people just kind of drifted away
from here," said Dave Faber, a
manager of both Flood's and Leopold
Bloom's.
BUT BOTH FABER and Duke agreed
that, given more bountiful economic
times, the party may still be going on:
. "Economics are tough," Duke said.
"People don't have the extra bread
anymore." "When times get tough,"
Faber explained, "small businesses
like this are the first to go."
Overall, both Duke and Faber ex-
pressed satisfaction that" Mr. Flood's'
Party contributed to Ann Arbor's
nightlife for as long as it did - in the
words of Faber: "Maybe it's long
enough."
"We had a good long run," Duke con-
curred, "I'm not crying about it. We'll
all move along."
Up for sale now is all or part of
Duke's "Mr. Floods Party Inc." The
corporation includes Flood's, offices on
its second floor, Leopold Bloom's, and
The Gallery, above Bloom's. Duke
rates the odds at "40 or 50 per cent"
that the new owner would retain
Flood's character - the general hunch
is that both Flood's and Bloom's will be
converted into one large enterprise.
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Daily Photo by JIM KRUZ
ONE OF MANY mounted deer, which usually watch over a noisy crowd at Mr. Floods Party, observes an oddly silent, em-
pty bar yesterday.
ACTION ON HOSTAGES COULD BE CLOSER:
Iran'spremiRoer approved
By United Press International Bani-Sadr's original choice, police minister Mustapha
Iran's Parliament overwhelmingly endorsed-hard-liner Mir-Salim, was rejected by Parliament last month as "too
Mohammad Ali Rajai yesterday as the country's new prime moderate" a candidate.
minister, overriding the objections of President Abolhassan HOJJAT OL-ISLAM Mohammad Yazdi, a member of the
Bani-Sadr. select committee investigating Rajai's eligibility, quoted
Rajai's approval by a vote of 153-20 with 19 abstentions Bani-Sadr as saying:
was expected to bring action on the 52 American hostages a "One point is that if Mr. Rajai accepts a decision, he will
step closer, Tehran radio said. in practice implement his own thoughts. Of course, I am not
THE VOTE IN Parliament followed weeks of backstage trying to say that he is self-willed, but he does believe in his
power struggles and was virtually a formality since the own ideas.
house Sunday accepted the nomination of former education "The second point is that his (Rajai's) information about
minister Rajai. Iran's affairs is not sufficient."
But before Bani-Sadr agreed to nominate the fundamen- Rajai's first order of business will be to name a Cabinet
talist, he told a key parliamentary committee that Rajai was and announce his government's program, which should in-
too independent and ill-informed to be prime minister, lude Iran's position on the hostages.
Tehran radio aottd a committee momher as saving

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