JACQUI SQUATRIGLIA | OWNER - CHOREOGRAPHER

"I didn't create these dances as a choreographer,I choreographed these dances as a bartender, this is my signature. After a decade of original bardances it was time...


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In the bar last… a very busy, energy filled night…

I was standing in one of my normal spots, at the end of the bar…

I was approached by a regular, a funny fellow from Lincoln Nebraska of all places. He comes in  quite a bit, and really is quick and funny…. Which is what makes him such a successful attorney I’m sure… love his facial expressions…

– anyway, he told me he brought his Mom into the bar. He flew her and her best friend first class in from Nebraska. They wanted to see a show, the Rockettes, have some good food and some fun…

He did just that… but in addition, brought them into Flaming Saddles…

Well, he tells me these ladies loved Flaming Saddles so much that they have not stopped talking about it since… they laughed with customers, played country music, and drank some fabulous cocktails… did I mention the two of them were in their 70’s… Both stilll talking about how nice our staff was, how pleasant the customers were, and above all how they want to come back to NYC to go to FS… “rather then see some stupid show like that “Chicago” you dragged us too..”

I laughed … how funny is that… he showed me pictures of them sitting at the bar,glamour girls.. so cute… I sent him with a calendar to give his Mom… I know she will for sure enjoy it…

Later that night…

I noticed a group of very handsome young men sitting at one of the tables, not uncommon at the saddle… this one in particular I had seen in the bar before, he always says hello, and seems like such a nice boy, really hip… and did I mention handsome… there was a women with them as well, also not uncommon at the saddle… they all seemed to be having a ball…

This woman came over to talk to me…

My son pointed you out, she said…

I have been here for a few hours now and have been watching what happens. All of the the boys are having such a great time, the music is great, the dancing is great… but most of all I am so happy that my son has such a great place to go. He and his friends love it here, and as I watch I can see why. I was invited to go out with my son and his friends for the first time…They were so excited to show me their bar, Flaming Saddles. My son graduated from F.I.T and we could not be prouder of him and what he has accomplished… however, I am the mother of a gay son… and I worry… I worry about his safety… I worry about his happiness… but most of all I worry about the ignorance of some…

She had tears in here eyes as she told me how grateful she was that we opened Flaming Saddles. A bar that has no prejudice… a safe environment for her son and his friends to go … but most of all grateful for a place that she thinks will help change the minds of the few she worries so much  about… I just want to thank you she said… thank you from a mother that loves her son…

I then had tears in my eyes…

These are the kind of stories that I listen to at Flaming Saddles… these are the stories I love…

these are the stories I look forward to…

 

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