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Ciccarelli re-opens old Detroit landmark

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

Already an entrepreneur in metro Detroit, former Red Wings forward Dino Ciccarelli will open his new sports bar in downtown Detroit on Wednesday. (Photo by Bill Roose/Detroit Red Wings)

DETROIT – During the mid-1990s it wasn’t unusual to see Dino Ciccarelli and some of his Red Wings’ teammates at the Post Bar following a victory.

For hockey fans, one of the oldest bars in downtown Detroit was the epicenter for fun with many Wings among the regulars at the tavern located at 408 West Congress Street. The eclectic crowds used to fill every crevice of the long, narrow bar standing shoulder to shoulder and hip to hip from the front door to the bathrooms in the back.

Heck, the Stanley Cup was even known to drop in at the graffiti-laden bar back then too.

But that was years ago, before the place was mothballed.

Now, Ciccarelli is resurrecting it.

Ciccarelli’s Sports Bar will be an ideal spot of hockey fans before and after Wings’ home games. They will be open at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, four-hours before the Wings host the Buffalo Sabres in the season-opening game for both NHL clubs.

The Hockey Hall of Famer, who already owns a bar in Shelby Township, recently purchased the Post Bar and one of its sister locations, near the Palace of Auburn Hills.

“We’ll be open for the Red Wings’ home-opener,” said Ciccarelli, of the downtown establishment that is walking-distance to Joe Louis Arena. “It’ll be an exciting day for sure.”

Renovations have been going on at the Detroit bar for the last week. The old industrial-looking interior still features the same old wooden bar covered in graffiti and carvings from two decades ago. Together, with a fresh coat of slate gray paint on the walls, a new sound system and newly built facade above the front door, and Ciccarelli’s is ready for the hockey season.

A two-sided marquee is supposed to be installed outside on Wednesday in time for the start of the home-opener, Ciccarelli said.

If Ciccarelli’s Sports Bar is anything like the old place, Dino will have himself a hat trick.

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