redevelop Shooters' Baker Street site into a restaurant more in
keeping with the Camp and the Lab, both nearby on Bristol Street.
The Camp has an outdoorsy feel, with the yurt-shaped vegan
restaurant Native Foods and cycling and outdoor gear stores. The Lab
is hipper and edgier, with a used and vintage clothing store, a
barbershop called the Electric Chair and the artsy Gypsy Den Cafe.
"Our mission has always been to try to do something with that
restaurant that would fit more into the Camp culture, and I think
this gives us the opportunity to complete the final portion of the
project," Sadeghi said.
For now, customers of Shooters will have to figure out where to go
for lunch and socializing.
"I'm going to miss it," said Stan Weems, a computer software
contractor who started eating lunch at Shooters when he worked in the
He liked Shooters because it's low-key and the people are
friendly, he said. Weems said he'll also have to find another place
to meet with his Harley motorcycle club, which had been holding its
monthly meetings at Shooters.
Shooters has been a meeting place for many people over the years,
said Jana McConaughy, Greg's wife. Before the two married, Jana had
worked for Greg at another bar he used to own.
"Throughout the years we've had a lot of long relationships
[between patrons] and we've had weddings," Jana McConaughy said.
Some of Shooters' longest relationships have been with its
employees. Assistant manager and bartender Michele Barnes has worked
at Shooters since 1985.
"It's been a blast," Barnes said. "I've loved working for Greg. I
wouldn't have stayed that long if I didn't like it."
Regular customers come in and she knows where they'll sit, what
they want to eat and drink, even what channel they want to see on TV.
But the best thing about the job is having a good boss, she said.
Greg McConaughy always encouraged her to take time off when she
needed to be with her family, she said.
"Where else can you go to work, socialize, basically wear jeans
and a T-shirt and make great money?" Barnes said.
The McConaughys said the bar has seen its share of changes over