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The Dam Bar in Norris to expand, add poolroom, kitchen area

The Dam Bar, which opened less than three months ago in the Anderson Crossing strip center in Norris, now says it will expand into the space next door, adding a pool room and a kitchen.

According to the bar’s Facebook page, it will take over the space of the Heavenly Harmony Boutique, which is closing.

“We are expanding The Dam Bar to the unit next door to us, which is currently a boutique,” the post notes. “We are going to make that side a pool hall and add a kitchen as well.”

It will be the only poolroom in the Norris area, but not the only bar – there are two others in the same center.

The Facebook post says The Dam Bar will take over the boutique’s space Jan. 1, and “We will immediately start construction and hope to have the pool hall open within two to three weeks and the kitchen [a] couple weeks thereafter.”

On the Heavenly Harmony Boutique Facebook page, the store has posts about its moving sale, and in a comment on one of the posts, the owner says the business is moving to online sales only.

Kenny and Cindy Price, who also own GameTime Pizza & Sports Bar, just three doors down, opened The Dam Bar on Oct. 1.

They previously opened GameTime Pizza, in late 2019, then added the sports bar part of the business about a year later.

In August 2020, the Prices opened Mattress King in the space they are now using for The Dam Bar.

The mattress store closed this past summer.

Neither of the Prices could be reached for comment this week about their expansion plans.

For now, The Dam Bar is open seven days a week, and caters to sports fans – with 12 televisions mounted on the walls.

Before it opened, Cindy Price said The Dam Bar “will be a limited-service restaurant, with bar food such as pretzel bites, nachos with cheese or chili, hot dogs, and pizza slices, and we will do food trucks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”

Cindy Price said earlier that “skyrocketing wholesale prices for mattresses and box springs,” along with the growing trend of consumers purchasing them online, doomed their mattress business.

They decided to open the bar because GameTime had gotten so busy that customers were bring turned away on weekends because no tables were available.

“It’s just gotten so crowded that our customers were asking for us to expand,” Price said.

The Dam Bar offers some activities not provided at GameTime, she said.

“We will have darts in the back room, and we will do something different every night, like karaoke and trivia, and a band on Saturday nights,” she said in September.

With The Dam Bar now open, there are three full liquor bars open in the Anderson Crossing center, all within just a few dozen feet of each other.

There is a liquor package store just east of Anderson Crossing.

In between GameTime Pizza and The Dam Bar is the La Sierra Mexican restaurant, which has a full bar, and features karaoke and live music on certain nights.

The shopping center is framed by Dollar General on one end and Anderson Crossing Pharmacy on the other end. A computer service and repair business, Schafer Tech, is between La Sierra and The Dam Bar. The boutique space is on the west side, next to the pharmacy.

The Prices moved to this area from Punta Gorda, Florida. They opened GameTime as a dine-in restaurant replacing the former takeout-only pizza shop that was part of the Tobacco Depot. They dumped the tobacco side of the business, and initially called their new place Gametime Pizza & Subs.

Both Prices have a background in the pizza business, with Kenny Price a former manager at Domino’s and Papa John’s stores, and Cindy Price a former employee at Domino’s and Pizza Hut outlets.