Mr. Villa) serving Latin small plates and drinks. It later focused on goth/darkwave events. For a while the city fought the new owner's desire to insert another bar in the space, but the new venue has been praised by many of the neighbors for the vast improvements. The only possible vestige I saw was a boarded window in the men's room, blocked by a 2x4 as if expecting an attack by injuns. The decor, the bands, and the patrons are all seemed exceedingly genteel during the day.
Historical Notes: The building currently holding El Norte was constructed in 1921 and the first bar I have found at this address in city guides is Rebel's Inn, owned by Fred Amos in 1936. Since then names of bars in this location include Chuck's Tavern (1948), Margie's Tavern (1960), B&E Tavern (1970), Burd Dawg Tavern (1977), Chuck and Mary's Tavern (1980), Out-Zen Inn (1983), Dorsey's (1985) and by 1990 the Rose Garden.
Est. 2010 - Building constructed 1921
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