UPDATE: Grand re-opening party moved back to 9/9:30 p.m. Saturday night, June 18
Last night, regulars of The drank their last draft and licked their fingers from wing for the last time. The place was packed. The bar closed at 10 p.m. The doors shut shortly afterwards.
But don't fret, the new and remade over Chicken Bone will re-open on Saturday night , courtesy of Spike TV’s new series Bar Rescue, which gives failing nightlife establishments one last chance at success.
The new reality TV show will premiere Sunday, July 17 at 10 p.m. There is not a date yet for The Chicken Bone episode.
Construction crews are currently demolishing and renovating the popular downtown establishment now. Work started late Thursday night as soon as the last patron left. The remodel will be under the watchful eye of Jon Taffer, one of the country's top restaurant and bar consultants.
Taffer delves into every business facet of running a bar, from creating a profitable drink/food menu, to music selection, to managing crowds as well as dealing with disgruntled employees, according to Spike TV.
Thursday night, The Chicken Bone owner Bill Rodenhiser said he didn't have any idea what was planned. Waitresses said they were banned form the property until the grand re-opening. It is unknown if the popular wall mural will still be there. Many patrons took photos of it last night, one was videotaping it.
Everyone was enjoying themselves Thursday night - the final night in the old "Bone."
A women's softball team from Natick was hanging out in one end of the establishment, a Framingham mens softball team on the other end. In between the two groups, a chair was hard to find as Framingham residents and The Chicken Bone regulars savored the memories, and raved about the wings.
TV crews interviewed patrons and filmed the bars final days in its old look.
One patron was Chicken Bone regular Greg Peverill-Conti of Natick, who also happens to be the FourSquare Mayor of The Chicken Bone. He said he is there "pretty much once a week on Wednesdays. Occasionally, I'll go another night or two - sometimes with my wife, sometimes with our family. We live less than two miles away so it's easy to get over there."
Peverill-Conti said "I'm a little ambivalent," about the makeover of his beloved place. "Clearly the benefits to the businesses are important and I want them to continue to prosper. I just hope it isn't "too" radical a departure."
He wasn't alone in his thoughts. Several regulars wondered if the mural would still be there Saturday night. Many hoped the wings were still on the menu.
The grand reopening and "reveal party" is set for 8:30 p.m. Saturday and the public is invited.