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Metro's Club of the Week

Temple Bar & Lounge
52 S. First St., San Jose; 408.288.8518

By Todd Inoue

Hours: Daily 4pm-2am; opens July 31
Ambience: Classy joint
Amenities: Small-plate appetizers, DJs and live music

ITALIAN RESTAURANT Bella Mia's historic wood-paneled bar got a makeover. It is now a stand-alone space called Temple Bar & Lounge. New owner George Fan says the remodeled and renamed lounge will open July 31, providing its conditional use permit meeting goes well. Fan says the lounge will feature live jazz, Latin bands and DJ nights. He's hoping to attract a mixed crowd of 20- to 30-year-olds looking for an alternative downtown dress-up joint. He's already added plasma-screen TVs, couches and a sound system. The club will operate separately from Bella Mia. Bill Carlson, Bella Mia's manager, says Temple Bar will provide an added value to the downtown mix. "It'll improve downtown," Carlson says. "What we have downtown is entertainment, and more entertainment is better." The Temple Bar is Fan's first foray into running a nightclub (he manages an import/export business in San Jose). "I'm pretty optimistic about it," he says. We are too.

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From the July 17-23, 2003 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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