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Montford gets its first billiards bar

Montford Billiard’s marquee sign at 1607 Montford Drive.
Montford Billiard’s marquee sign at 1607 Montford Drive. Courtesy of Montford Billiards

Montford has gotten its first billiards bar just as another up the road in Dilworth is closing its doors.

Owners Tom Mcauliffe and Andrew Bedrosian, both native Charlotteans, quietly opened Montford Billiards officially last weekend, though planning for the bar has been in the works for about a year.

Mcauliffe, 32, said the concept was born over beers at the Roasting Company on Montford when his father, who is in real estate, called to ask if he knew of anyone interested in the space behind Jet’s Pizza at 1607 Montford Drive, which used to be a martial arts studio.

“We go to Montford quite a bit,” Mcauliffe said. “I actually live in Plaza Midwood now but I’ve been going to Elizabeth Billiards a lot. Their staff up there is super cool and I saw how popular billiards was over there.”

Montford Billiards has a juke box and five coin-operated, red felt pool tables, which include three seven-foot and two eight-foot Diamond tables. The full bar, currently staffed by Bedrosian‘s girlfriend, features six local beers on draft from Old Mecklenburg, Birdsong and Triple C.

Mcauliffe, a server at 300 East, said he’s drawn inspiration to own a bar from his parents -- who, among other ventures, operated Out to Lunch restaurants in Charlotte -- as well as his coworkers. 300 East owner Cathy Coulter was a server at the restaurant back when it was White Horse, and Traci Nasta, also a 300 East server, opened Chop Shop in NoDa in with a few others in 2011.

“I just saw how it was possible to go from serving to owning if you take the time and concentrate on the big goal,” Mcauliffe said.

Coincidentally, about three miles up the road, Dilworth Billiards, a 35 year-old neighborhood establishment, will close its doors in April.

“It would be good if some of their regulars ended up coming our way,” Mcauliffe said. “That was a cool place.”

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