That’s right, Pardner. Johnny’s Country & Western Bar was located at 1040 Broadway. It was operated by Johnny Gay, one of Lorain’s more colorful tavern owners to say the least.
The Grand Opening ad for the business appeared in the Lorain Journal on November 1, 1956 – 59 years ago this month.
Interestingly, a small ad on the same page of the Journal that day for Hill Billy Bar at 1652 Broadway seemed to take aim at Johnny's. The ad pointed out that "We're the first & only "real" Hillbilly Bar in Lorain!"
****Music for the Grand Opening of Johnny's was provided by Slim Luse, who had achieved some success in the music world. Various mentions of him in Billboard in the 40s and 50s state that he formerly worked with Pee Wee King, and that he had eventually found his way to Lorain County and employment at Radio Station WEOL.
|Small snippet from Billboard of November 14, 1953|
Unfortunately, I couldn’t go shoot a ‘now’ photo of the bar, which was located roughly opposite Lorain Monument Works. It was lost when much of the west side of Broadway was leveled to make way for the Frank Nardini Underpass.