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A new-look 'Tap' opens in Aurelia

Friday, April 20, 2012

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As Carla Peterson and Dick Vogt hold the red ribbon, brothers Kasey (left) and Tadd Reilly apply the scissors at the traditional red ribbon cutting ceremony at the new business, The Tap. Among the crowd on hand were the Reillys' grandmother, Marian Reilly (seated), their parents, Larry and Shanda Reilly, sister Callie, and other friends and members of the Aurelia business community. Photo courtesy of The Aurelia Star
AURELIA - The business establishment located at 117 Main St. here has gone by many names through the years, as the business went through changes in ownership.

In the early days, it was Stutz Pool Hall,or "Slick's," owned by Albert "Slick" Stutz. It later became Francis Tap, commonly referred to as "the Tap," and then for many years in was known as "Orly's," when Orly Webb was the owner. A couple of years ago, the name was changed again to "3-Petes," when Pete DePuma purchased it.

Whatever you called it, the business had a rather, shall we say, distinct atmosphere, common to similar establishments which featured pool playing, card playing and a bar. Not a place that people took their families to very often.

Brothers Kasey and Tadd Reilly recently purchased the business and set about refurbishing and remodeling the facility, giving it a "whole new look and atmosphere," in Kasey Reilly's words.

Among the changes are a new horseshoe-shaped bar and the addition of a utility closet; the walls have all been given a fresh coat of paint and the entire place was given a thorough cleaning. The size of the women's restroom was also doubled, a sure sign that women are more than welcome at The Tap, which is now the official name of the business.

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Belly Up to the Bar - This new horseshoe-shaped bar is a prominent feature at The Tap in Aurelia. Photo by Dan Whitney
In another move away from the "Pool Hall" tradition, The Tap has no pool tables, although there are several video games and three flat screen TVs, which will frequently be tuned to sports events of interest.

On Friday April 6, the brothers cut the red ribbon on their new enterprise, and the ceremony was well-attended by family and friends. This is the second business the Reilly brothers have opened in their hometown in the last year, the other one being the Lucky 7 car wash along Highway 7.

Kasey, a 2002 AHS graduate, also works as an agent with Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance in Cherokee, and does some coaching in the Alta-Aurelia school. Tadd, a 1995 AHS graduate, is a Senior International Marketer for Spalding Sporting Goods. He is based in Bowling Green, Kentucky, though he travels throughout the world representing the company. The two young men are the sons of Larry and Shanda Reilly of Aurelia.

The Tap has a fully stocked bar, and there are also several tables available for seating. They will have "bar finger foods," such as pizza, nachos and hot dogs, available. There are two employees, in addition to Kasey Reilly - Clint Corderman, who was a High School classmate of Kasey's, and Sierra Phipps.

The Tap opens at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; at noon on Saturdays and Sundays; and is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Closing time will vary, dependent upon the flow of business. Kasey Reilly says The Tap plans to have a Trivia Contest on Friday evenings, starting at 7 p.m., and the plan at this time is to do this once a month.

Everyone is welcome at the new "family friendly" Tap in Aurelia.


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Thanks Dan Whitney, for this article. Best of luck to the new owners, I would hardly recognize the place we always simply called "the pool hall", or "the PH". Owned for many years by my late father in law, Slick Stutz ... our sons learned to shoot pool there. Nice to see someone breathing new life into the place!

Jackie and Bill Stutz

Lake Havasu City, AZ

-- Posted by jstutz on Fri, Apr 20, 2012, at 4:08 PM


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