Lost Charlottesville: W.W. O'Toole's
Here's another "Lost Charlottesville" dispatch, and this time it's W.W. O'Toole's. Located at 333 W. Main Street, this place was Bull Alley when I got here in 1989, then W.W. O'Tooles, then Mingles (the town's first Karaoke bar), then Awful Arthur's, and now West Main. While taking a break from beer-fueled Mingles' singing, I purchased this hand-carved, gilt-covered sign from a certain Inauguration-happy Mingles manager and Kool Kat named Ray for $100. Flash forward to last August, and the sign's collecting dust, so I sold it at the Consignment House for $160. That brought me a check for $96, so it only cost me $4 to enjoy it all these years.