The Anchor Bar’s co-owner Jason LaGerenne wants to spend a million dollars so the SoHo bar’s patrons will have something cool to Instagram. What could possibly be cool enough to Instagram? Well, howabout Blackbeard’s 13 feet by 8 feet anchor that went down with his ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge off the coast of North Carolina in 1718. Yes, who wouldn't Instagram the barnacles of that thing?
Anchor Bar owner Gunther Bilali told Blackbook that LaGerenne is a boat fanatic and that the bar needs
“a real Anchor… a serious anchor.” Unfortunately, as it stands, the only thing seriously anchored is the bar’s dreams because the State of North Carolina is not about to just give up their sunken treasure.
A letter from the NC District Attorney asked Bilali and LaGerenne to ‘cease and desist’ their hunt for the marine relic. “However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” says Bilali. “At the end of their letter, they basically say that they are open to a charitable donation to support an excavation.” So, perhaps the anchor could be loaned to the bar for a while, but even that would come with its own rules and conditions for its display.
The acquisition of Blackbeard’s anchor would be quite novel for Anchor bar, but in the mean time they are gearing up for an event series with Travis Bass and Kanon vodka along with a “nautical drink program involving coolers and house-made mixers.” Also look out for Lobster rolls courtesy of Luke's Lobster restaurant pop ups.