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.
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.