Boondocks business transformation


Boondocks Pub in Springfield used to be a 1950's, 1960's night club. Now if visitors go inside, they won't recognize it because just about everything except the walls has changed. New bar owners are transforming the spot to attract a new crowd.

The spot in Springfield didn't always look and sound the same.

"It took us about four months to remodel," explained Bar Owner Carole Grigiski. "The building was in really bad shape."

The final product: Boondocks.

"I want Boondocks to be where people know that no matter what night they come here that they can trust that it's going to be an amazing band," Grigiski said.

It's been about one year since she and her husband bought the bar.

"I think that we're just filling a niche in the Central Illinois area," Grigiski said.

It's a country western niche. Friday night country singer Jo Dee Messina was drawing a crowd. And it came on a special day for the star, the release of her brand new single "Peace Sign."

"It was just uploaded to your radio station this morning at 5 a.m.," Messina said.

While business is all about the entertainment, it's also about the fans.

"We just have a bunch of good fans that appreciate this place and they appreciate the music we're bringing in," Grigiski described.

Amanda Reed is one of hundreds appreciating Friday night's guest.

"It takes about an hour and a half to get here," Reed said. "Nothing's too far to go see Jo Dee."

This is Reed's first time at Boondocks but she's already planning on coming back.

"I'm looking forward to seeing what upcoming shows," Reed said.

And Grigiski is looking forward to what the future holds.

Grigiski said she couldn't say who is performing this fall and winter, but she said that it's going to be amazing. Announcements are made on its Facebook page: Boondocks Pub.

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