I used to shop there back in the day.
End of an Era: Blue Front is Closed
February, 2014. Just killing me.
My memories of campus life are either closing or moving to hitherto undisclosed locations lately, it seems. I did an awful lot of shopping at the Blue Front. I wouldn't have minded picking up a keg one last time, or indeed, a light snack on my way to a meeting (a long time ago, it would have been class).
NOOOOOOO!!!!! I used to buy there in high school and college underaged. I don't think I even had to use a fake ID.
I want my Nebraska fake I.D. from 1992 back. That crap was still on the wall as recently as three years ago.
This is really depressing. Can't say that the place necessarily had anything great, but I lived up the street in undergrad and I always had good memories of popping in there either before walking to class or on my way back home.
That dude made me get a keg from his dungeon by myself one time.
I lived across the street my last year of school and was there so often they always just made me go grab my own keg from the dungeon. I never trusted that jenky conveyor belt, but it always got the job done. I may have switched the caps on occassion and upgraded my keg as well...
I may or may not have switched a cap or two myself. Buying a premium keg there must have been a total crap shoot.
I did that many a time. My roommates and I had a keggerator and would get our replacement kegs at BF. I'll never forget when we got a half barrel of Bell's Two Hearted for it. Man, that was a fun week
I've ever seen in a beer store. Has anyone ever seen one in any other?
What? Next you'll tell me that that Southside Grill is closed!
Blue Front - so many memories.
When I see that, the first thing that comes to mind is going to the cash machine out front and getting a receipt back that read:
I'll have to pour out some natty light in homage. I spent a lot of money there my last year of school. I was usually the first person there when they opened on home game days.
Bummer, that's something of an 'iconic' party store in A2. I never knew many people who went there but football saturdays and hockey weekends its one of the familiar sights of State & Packard.
What a bummer. Notorious underage seller
But maybe not as notorious as Ralph's around the corner.
Anybody get any story on why its closing?
No! I used to scrounge around for cans and bottles to return there to get myself a pack of cigarettes (back when it was only marginally horrible to smoke). All my old places are fading away with history, like the Fab Five.
Frigid winter 1985, walked by there and could get beer and snacks, in time to catch the news and Three Stooges late night, at my rental house by Yost.
Loved the newspaper selection too. Always cool in those days occasionally buying an out of town paper and reading their big sports stories.
That any Thano's Lamplight (now gone) for deep dish Sicilian pizza and beer.
will be/has been missed. So many haunts and dives have gone by the wayside. Character's gotta count for something, right?
You're going to tell me that Blimpy's and Steve's Lunch are done, too.
At least Red Hot Lovers is still around... RIGHT?
Ah, for the days when I could eat chili dogs and chili cheese fries with impunity.
I won't tell you about The Bagel Factory, either.
This is just cruel...Steve's was where I learned that grease cured hangovers...
Been going there since the 70's. This sucks. I can't take any more bad news.
because they also sold liquor and joe is the man, but count me on the list of alums who is sad to hear of it closing
Damn. First place that ever chose not to card me. RIP Blue Front.
Sad to see it go. Didn't their keg volume plummet after the new driver's license with deposit law/rule?
Clerk there made fun of me for buying milk on a Saturday night once.
I lived up the street for two years in college. A year or two later, I was back in town to watch a football game and stopped in for a beer. The old guy at the counter looked up and said "What happened? I never see you anymore! Are you ok?"
Yeah, I think we went there pretty often.
That place just looks like college.
In my first years on campus, I usually went to Village Corner, and in later years Big 10 party store. Now Blue Front and Big 10 are gone, and VC moved away from campus. Brutal.
That is a correct statement. Ageless ...
I'm tired of Ann Arbor eras ending. Can we continue building a new one, please? I'm looking at you MBB!
I was either a Champions or a Campus Corner guy, but this is still a bummer.
My favorite memory about Blue Front is when my buddy Nate and I were walking by as a guy was delivering cases of beer. He left his truck open when he went inside, and when he came out he was down two cases of Miller Lite.
I bought precisely 1 keg in my college years (not sure if proud because I managed to only be the purchaser of one, or sad, don't worry we still did plenty of drinking); the keg was from here. I definitely had to go down into the basement and throw it on the janky conveyor myself, fun stuff!
Hell, we ended up going through SIX for one party (M defeats ND 1991 Grbac to Desmond). You must have been quite the successful moocher!
what about village corner?
or the bagel factory?
or Bolgo's ice cream?
</boom - old man'd>
Damn -more memories gone by the wayside. I was a Sigma Chi and our house was on State so we definitely did Campus Corner but when it came to cheap, cheap beer the Blue Front more than held it's own for keggers.
BTW - you'll be amazed at home many people have no idea how to properly tap a keg. At least one skill I learned in college has come in handy through the years.
going in that place while attending a summer camp at UM in high school. I think every college town in America has a place like that.
At least for now.
So now The Blue Front, Village Corner, The Bagel Factory, O'Sullivans, the Full Moon, the One Eyed Moose, to name a few places I might have frequented, all live on in memory. The Pretzel Bell closed when I was a kid, that was from a generation earlier.
Won't miss that place. My second day on campus (I was a transfer student in summer school) I decided to be a big shot and buy a bunch of beer for my new friends in the dorm and spent the night in jail. They let me out in the middle of the night and I didn't even know how to get back to the dorm or find a cab or anything. I guess the unbelievably bad fake ID I had worked in NYC but not VC! I did come home to a sympathetic young lady who I met the first day on campus who eased the pain however. Of course I found out afterwards that VC was not a place to be messed with of you had a bad fake ID.
Ended up getting a suspended sentence as long as I did some community service which I did. Mom and dad were very proud.
about Gepetto's Pizza. All a guy could eat Wednesdays (?) was awesome for a money conscious student.
...and the Pizza House was actually a House...not a brick monument. North Campus was a frozen (open) tundra.
Those were the days my friends.
My freshman year in 89-90