Out of all the downtown businesses that certainly deserve their own acclaim, and my opinion is 100% biased, the most unique of them all is Capone’s. Operating a pub, a music venue, a hip hop dance club, special events and a kitchen is no small feat for very best of small business owners, and George and Tomi built, literally, flooring to sound equipment, a successful downtown business. And they built this business, a successful small business that has employed so many of us, long before Downtown Johnson City had achieved its current level of development. Again, heavily biased for sure, but I am convinced that it is because of the dedication and skill of them as original pioneers. They had a vision of what downtown could be and only because they were willing to take that risk 10 years ago, do we see what we see downtown today.
I am proud to work for Capone’s for hundreds of words of reasons. I work for a manager, John, who exhausts himself to be good to his staff, and to our customers. I get to go to work every weekend with my best friends. Shawn, who never fails to notice when my eyeshadow matches my shirt, who personally selected my birthday present lipsticks. Princess Whitney, pretty in pink with Dalmatian and Disney stories lighting up my life like sunshine. Hannah, on her third job of the day, still always bringing a smile with her to work. And our most recent addition behind the bar, Alex, who guards my lighters with his life. Darryl, or Dj Party McFly, who indulges my terrible taste in music and plays my favorite songs, but only early and when no one else is around, because what he’s best at is playing what our people want to hear. Our security staff is too numerous to list, but they too work so hard, and often thanklessly, to keep staff and customers safe, to make Capone’s an environment where girls, everyone really, but especially the girls, can come to actually enjoy themselves. Our booking agent, Jason, running the place like a madman and Goldie, who never fails to figure out where the French Fries actually belong. Our Production Manager, Alan, reads the room and makes our incredible bands sound more incredible. Lastly, our most unsung hero, the glue, fixer of all things broken, Johnny, who does far more than his title of Bar-backing, who has left us only 1 night in 10 years and thank God for it because that was a rough night.
If this reads like a love letter, that’s because it is fact a love letter to this business, that created a job that among a great many other things has supported me in even my outside endeavors, that has allowed and encouraged me to return to school. What I’ve never seen, in a dozen other bars or restaurants, in several different states is what makes Capone’s so very special: Tomi and George have invested in the business and their people in equal measure and that is why Capone’s has survived and thrived for the previous ten years and will continue to do so. So, stop by and see us, and you will find that you will love us as much as I love us, like Kanye loves Kanye.
Splash of Razzmatazz
Directions: Chill glass, shake Redbull and Agwa, strain into glass. Drop splash of Razzmatazz gently to create a layering effect.
Whipped Cream Vodka
Island Blue Cordial
Splash of Sweet & Sour Mix
Directions: Pour Rumchatta, Whipped Cream Vodka over ice, add Sprite and Sour mix, pour over the Island Blue Cordial last to create a layering effect.