After 13 and a half years, the Plush era on Fourth Avenue will officially come to a close on Monday, April 14, with the establishment reopening the next business day as The Flycatcher.
The smoky swanky nightclub, formerly known as Café Sweetwater, located on 340 East Sixth Street was sold and renamed as Plush in 2001 and now the former owner Maebelle Reed has handed over the reins to long time employee Justin McLamarrah.
McLamarrah, a graduate of Amphi, started working at the bar in 2000 as a barback, later becoming a bartender while he was getting his Bachelor's degree at the University of Arizona. The 38-year-old Tucson native is currently a realtor at Tierra Antigua.
The husband and father of four girls had to legally change the establishment’s name. He and his wife are fans of the bird, the Vermilion Flycatcher, and that's the main reason behind the name selection, according to McLamarrah. For now, the Plush logo will be concealed and the marquee will act as the bar’s signage.
McLamarrah was proud to keep all 20 of the Plush employees. “The employees are what made Plush, and what keeps people coming back,” McLamarrah said.
“Plushies still exist, live music will still be enjoyed,” new Flycatcher employee Galen Snyder said on Facebook.
McLamarrah said he has plans to close down the bar for a couple of days during the unbearably slow summer season to start renovating and have a grand opening in August.
Reed currently operates the Plush in St. Louis, MO., and wasn't available for comment.