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LYNSEY:..GOOD EVENING, I'M

LYNSEY MUKOMELTHANKS FOR

JOINING US AT 7.

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LYNSEY:..GRAND RAPIDS' LONGEST

RUNNING BAR -- WILL SOON SHIFT

TO A NEW OWNER.EARLIER TODAY

DAN VERHIL -- THE OWNER OF

COTTAGE BAR AND ONE TRICK PONY

-- ANNOUNCED HE WOULD SELL THE

TWO ESTABLISHMENTS.

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EARL AND MARIE COON OPENED THE

COTTAGE SANDWICH SHOP -- THE

BUILDING'S ORIGINAL RESTAURANT

-- IN 1927.TODAY I LEARNED THE

OFFICE DAN HAS USED FOR 40

YEARS -- USED TO HAVE A MUCH

DIFFERENT PURPOSE THAN FILING

CABNETS AND PAYROLL PAPERS...

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144604 DURING PROHIBITION IN

THE 20S THE UPSTAIRS HERE WAS

A SPEAKEASY BY THE FIRST OWNER

EARL COON WHICH IS MY OFFICE

NOW 13 IT WAS A SPEAKEASY AND

CARD ROOM AND THEY'D GO UP

THERE AND PLAY CARDS AND DRINK

ILLEGAL BOOZE THE ROARING 20S

LIVED UP TO ITS NAME ON THE

SECOND FLOOR OF WHAT'S NOW THE

COTTAGE BAR -- BACK THEN IT

WAS THE COTTAGE SANDWICH

SHOP...145602 WAS THIS YOUR

DADS OFFICE AS WELL? NO I

BUILT THIS OUT MYSELF ACTUALLY

HE DIDN'T EVEN HAVE AN OFFICE

145532 SO THIS WAS THE

SPEAKEASY SLASH POKER ROOM

BACK DURING PROHIBITION THEY'D

COME THROUGH THIS DOOR? YEA 44

AND FROM THIS VIEW THEY COULD

SEE IF THERE WERE ANY COPS

COMING OR ANYTHING SO THEY

COULD SCRAMBLE BUT THEY NEVER

GOT BUSTED TO MY KNOWLEDGE YEA

AND THEN THEY GOT THEIR LIQUOR

LICENSE EVENTUALLY SOME OF THE

HISTORY OWNER DAN VERHIL FOUND

WHEN HE FIRST TOOK OVER THE

BAR HANGS ON IT'S WALLS145613

I COULDN'T FIND THE ORIGINAL

33 ONE THE 38 WAS THE CLOSEST

ONE TO THAT I COULD FIND HIS

OFFICE HOLDS A FEW OTHER ITEMS

-- THAT POINT TO WHAT HE LOOKS

FORWARD TO IN RETIREMENT...

WHO'S VINCENT?145706 I ONLY

SEE HIM TWICE A YEAR YOU KNOW

AND I REALLY WANT TO SPEND

MORE TIME TO BUILD A

RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM YES

THAT'S FAIR CERTAINLY IS THAT

ONE OF THE THINGS YOU'RE

LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ABOUT

RETIRING? ONE OF THE THINGS

THAT AND FLY FISHING

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