Downtown Montgomery's Lower Lounge reopens after staffing up

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The underground Lower Lounge in downtown Montgomery's alley development reopened this week.
The underground Lower Lounge in downtown Montgomery's alley development reopened this week.

A unique downtown Montgomery bar and events space reopened this week after staffing issues forced it to shut down temporarily.

The underground Lower Lounge inside the Tower Taproom at 101 Tallapoosa Street in the alley development started serving up drinks again Wednesday night. It was closed for about three months. The venue offers a full bar as well as self-pour beer.

The new hours are 5 p.m. to midnight, Wednesday through Saturday.

Jake Kyser, whose company manages both the Tower Taproom and the Lower Lounge, said they had struggled to find and maintain staff in a tight labor market, even for jobs that could pay $30 an hour. "What I wasn’t going to do is open up and have one decent bartender, then have everybody roll up on Friday night needing a cocktail, and we can’t provide for them," Kyser said in May.

The Lower Lounge originally opened in March 2020, two days before a statewide stay-at-home order.

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Customers partake of food and drink during a pre opening of the Tower Taproom in Montgomery, Ala., on Monday July 22, 2019.
Customers partake of food and drink during a pre opening of the Tower Taproom in Montgomery, Ala., on Monday July 22, 2019.

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Brad Harper at bharper1@gannett.com.

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