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Out With the Bars, In With the Boujee

An Open Letter to the Ohio State Bar Stealers

Dear Ohio State,

A new Target was an idea I thought I could get my head around, but at the expense of the iconic Too’s? No way. Luxury apartments priced at $1,000 per month could have been nice, but did Chumley’s have to die for it to happen? I don’t think so. And don’t even get me started on the fall of The O, because no fountain can compare to the taste of Liquid Dope on a Friday afternoon.

Making campus more beautiful shouldn’t mean our favorite spots have to disappear.

Luckily, the owners of the former bars have taken care of preserving their legacy. The updated version of Too’s can be found on Norwich and High as Three’s now, the owners of The O Patio & Pub have opened The O on Lane, and Chumley’s has navigated southbound to their new location on 9th and High. The businesses are recuperating from their relocations quite well, as their social media presence alerted students about where they were headed and the students flocked to their reopenings.

But it shouldn’t have to be this way.

This is my plea to the university to stop forcing the bars we know, love, and black out at to hop around High Street or even worse, close. Going to college already sucks major d**k, and alcohol is many students’ only escape. And good Lord, if you’re looking for space to build more apartments, Bullwinkles is literally right across from the Union; start there. (No offense to this lovely dance club, I just have had one too many hazy nights there myself.)

I can only hope that the major renovations to campus life are over and done with. Because the next time I hear that one of my Friday favorites is closing for a new statue or some dumb shit like that, I’m grabbing posters and starting a protest.

And I swear on William Oxley Thompson, Ohio State, if you ever come after Out- R-Inn, established in 1969, you better be ready for fist a fight.

Sincerely, Drunk & Angry

Picture by Jamie Benjamin

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Meera Mathur

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