ƒ/Stop Fitzgeralds

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Picture pulled from their Facebook page

ƒ/Stop bills itself as Salem’s smallest pub, and they might be right. I’ve been hearing about it off and on, and even was sent an invite to their soft opening Wednesday. I ended up passing it up for pie with Rachel. I did manage to swing by there today though and chat with Kirk Kindle who runs ƒ/Stop. Kirk has a brilliant approach to the way he runs his pub, and I hope it works out for him. Really I do. The location could be better though. He’s set the pub up as a small community hang out for adults. The walls are covered with an eclectic mix of art and old odds and ends, and there’s room for about 25 people to comfortably gather. This endears me to it naturally, but add to that that my friend Kaylie is a bartender there, and really the reasons not to go dry up.

The first thing I thought when I walked in was oh crap it’s small. After a few minutes chatting though I felt at home. I could easily see myelf showing up with friends for a board game and a few beers, and that doesn’t seem to be off the mark of what Kirk has envisioned. We talked about the things people do there. Kirk mentioned that Salem Beer and Blog group comes around for their meetings and hangs out. Also he mentioned something about a guy possibly doing some Monty Python showings with some friends. Really, it seems to be more about the comraderie then the booze. Kirk does have some booze though. He serves up a rotating selection of Oregon beer and wines. Most of the beers are bottled, but he does have a kegerator with two taps on it. Eventually he plans on having more taps, but for now two is it. Looking around though two feels like enough. It may not have the selection of Venti’s, but I like it still.

There’s alot more to say about the place. Most of it was built or installed by Kirk himself, and he seems like a guy I can respect. Also draught beer is served in imperial pints, rare for Salem. Really though your better off checking it out yourself. Just don’t expect a five star dining experience. ƒ/Stop doesn’t even serve food, they do have snacks though. They are currently open Thursday through Saturday, 4-12. I’m going to send a link of this article to Kirk though so he can correct me if I’m wrong.

If you want more info on ƒ/Stop then check out their Facebook page.

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