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Title The Star, No. 9, March 2, 1984
Contributor
  • Hyde, Robert
Date March 2, 1984
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 783846406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 004
Transcript March 2, 1984 / The Star 3 Backstreet Basics Uses Personality Format Feature By Ed Martinez What makes a gay bar successful? Let's face it folks, some bars ar^more successful than others, and some just don't cut the mustard. Austin is fortunate that all of its bars do quite well, each for its own particular reasons. Backstreet Basics, just over a year old, has carved out its own particular niche in the gay business scene. In every town there's at least one, and often more than one, leather bar. Sometimes it's more vinyl than leather, but nevertheless it caters to more of the leather, motorcycle, occasionally older group of guys. Backstreet Basics is that bar in Austin. This does not mean that other bars don't have some of the same clientele as Backstreet, but every bar has its own rationale, and Backstreet is Austin's leather bar. Until recently, Backstreet catered almost exclusively to gay men, but that has changed, as the bar realized the need for more community between all parts of the gay population. The thing that makes Backstreet work so well, however, is the personalities ofthe manager and staff of the place. Chris Christoff, the manager, has worked diligently from the opening of the bar to ensure that customers would feel welcome, that their visit would be an enjoyable one, This is part of a continuing series on the gay bars of Austin and San Antonio that they would want to come back. Sound like common sense? Of course it is, but American business is strewn with the corporate corpses of those who didn't have brains enough to use simple common sense in their business practices. The bartenders, the doormen, the bar- backs are all chosen with the view toward pleasing the customer. The layout of the bar, from the dance floor to the patio to the different events featured throughout the week, have one simple goal: customer satisfaction. Backstreet is often the location for benefits, whether for different groups in the gay community, or simply for someone who has experienced fire or sickness. Mainly, however, the bar is a fun place to be. During the week, there are various specials, of course, ranging from steak night on Tuesdays to hot dogs and volleyball on Sunday. There are movies on Thursday—all calculated to make the customes feel at home and want to come back. It's good business, but it's also good news for the gay community to have bars that are so consumer- oriented. One of the things that makes Austin unique is the good looks of the bars here. Wayne McCracken had a big heart-on for Valentine's Day Almost every single bar in Austin has a patio. Strangely enough, this is hardly standard equipment in many gay bars in other parts of the country. Even New Orleans, a Southern gay mecca, has few patios in its bars—unusual in a city known for its Spanish architecture and stunning patios. But Backstreet has a large patio which is used for the volleyball games and just casual socializing. The dance floor itself opens out onto the patio directly. The giant video screen was recently installed in a bow to video-addicts who enjoy MTV and other TV events. As with other gay bars around the country, video- disco may be the next phase, although Christoff refuses to comment on that. ■ All in all, Backstreet has proven that it has the right stuff for its segment of the gay market, and continues to improve its product, changing the mix of attractions constantly with one thing in mind: the customer's needs. With an attitude like that, Backstreet is indeed sticking to Bas- Bald Men Superior to Others Real men don't have hair. Author William Taylor claims in Tidbits Magazine that baldies are sexier and more ambitious. He believes chromedomes are superior because they're further along the evolutionary ladder than lower forms, such as apes or guys with hair. Says he, "It's precisely a man's male- ness that makes him bald." SMU Refuses Again to Recognize Gay Campus Group By Don Ritz DALLAS—For the third time the Gay and Lesbian Student Support Organization (GLSSO) at Southern Methodist University (SMU) has been denied recognition by the student senate. It followed a four-hour senate meeting Feb. 14. The vote was 18- 14. Twenty-five student organizations applied for recognition on that day, with many diverse interests ranging from such religious groups as the Christian Science Organization, Baptist Student Union and Unitarian Universalist Assoication to the Air Force-ROTC, the Association for Computing Machinery and Mademoiselles. Each of the organizations applying for membership had been reviewed by the Student Senate Organizations Committee and had received a positive recommendation for recognition from the committee— except for GLSSO. The committee claimed that too much outside influence, Chris Christoff, far right, lends managerial panache to events €s|%LACE JW* ===== 115 Gen. Zneget. S.A., 340-1753 = MONDAY—Jl°° Call Liquor 8-10 TUESDAY-JF= Bar Drinks 8-10 fSnfl WEDNESDAY-1100 Long Necks 9-11 Wfl THURSDAY-5100 Margarita 8-10 «a SATURDAY-50C Draft 2-5 MHP SUNDAY-35C Draft 3-6 "Best in Country Sounds" ^^M Sister Bar to Snuffy's ^^ W *^ HAPPY HOUR Monday-Friday 2-7pm Draft 50$ Longnecks 75C (Lowenbrau not included) Bar Drinks $100 WITH ID., NO COVER FOR ROCKIN' R & TGRA MEMBERS (SHOWS EXCLUDED)
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