Last week, I had the honor of speaking with Mark Pirolli, co-owner of Cagney’s Saloon and asked him a few questions which I would like to share with my readers.
WC: Mark, how long have you been the owner of Cagney’s?
WC: What made you buy the place?
MP: ‘thought I would build something for the future as a sideline.
WC: Is it everything you ever hoped and dreamed about?
MP: (Not entirely) I had to quit my job to keep up with the demands of owning a business
WC: What is the most difficult part about running a bar?
MP: You have to work 7 days and 7 nights a week.
WC: What is the most fun you have working at Cagney’s?
MP: Seeing what you are doing is making people happy and come together as a community.
WC: So,what do you do when you are not working ?
WC: Any future plans that you would like to share with my readers?
MP: I will save that as “Yet to be Seen”. I work hard to giving people what they want or need, so I am not willing to divulge plans that take a lot of work developing. It would take away from the “WOW” factor.
WC: Lastly, what advice would you give to anyone looking to manage a bar such as yours?
MP: Be prepared to work day and night, 7 days a week. You better have a stash of cash for the hard times because the bills never stop coming in!
WC: Thank you Mark for taking the time to answer my questions with all your honesty and integrity – that’s one more reason why your place is one of the best around!
HISTORY OF CAGNEY’S SALOON
Cagney’s Saloon is a neighborhood bar that caters to the local biker community. Like any good local bar, it is also a place where old friends love to gather and share stories. Many people have come and gone since its inception. Located on the corner of Stirling and University, Cagney’s was originally called Wet Goods Bar and Package Store in the late 1980’s. The “store” was later sold to the Dukes until namesake Jimmy and Leigh Cagney took it over.
When the economy started to deteriorate, Cagney’s was sold once again. Unfortunately, the new owners fell on hard times and had to close their doors.
In 2009, Mark Pirolli and Nancy Olesen became the proud new owners. They renovated and upgraded the place to make it a safe, clean and comfortable environment for their friends to gather for drinks, celebrate good occasions and enjoy their favorite bands.