The Brass Monkey, located in downtown Livingston at 110 Monroe Street, has been known for its “good ole boy” hang out for the locals of Livingston, but owner, Jared Stegall, is seeking to change his bar into a place where everyone can come and have fun.
Before Stegall’s parents bought the bar in 1998, the Monkey was known as the “Library” which later turned into the name “Study Hall”. So for everyone that has always wondered why you see the amount of money spent at Study Hall on your bank statement, that is why.
According to Stegall the story behind the name Brass Monkey comes from the previous owners. The previous owner’s father flew planes in World War Two, where he came across a bar on an island called The Brass Monkey. Unfortunately, the bar would not allow servicemen to enter the bar. The father’s son bought the Study Hall bar and changed the name to The Brass Monkey so that his father could get in.
Stegall has now taken over the bar from his parents in the past year with intentions of changing the atmosphere. Some of the decoration in the bar might have offended someone and to Stegall it was n not worth the risk.
“I want a place where everyone can come and have fun,” Stegall said. “It doesn’t matter what color you are, race or religion as long as you are 21, I don’t care.”
With this new safe place atmosphere he wanted to create, a complete renovation was the answer.
The bar has gone through some drastic changes over the past year. The layout of The Brass Monkey now consists of a more open concept with a much larger bar setup.
The bar has 5 pool tables, 4 big screen televisions to enjoy games, darts and a beer pong table.
Once the renovation had been completed last fall, Stegall then wanted to focus on his new goal of serving food. Serving food would open up his bar for more money and it would open up the bar to younger customers.
In order to start serving food, Stegall had to bring his building up to code. After a long process of updating his equipment, the bar was finally allowed to serve food. They now serve a wide range of food such as burgers, wings and some of his wife’s, JoJo Stegall, favorites.
“The Thai food has been a big hit in the bar,” Stegall said.
The Monkey officially opened its doors to those 19-years-old and up as of March 7. With these new updates comes a few new rules:
- If you are 19 or 20 and get caught drinking, you are banned until your 21st birthday. Also, the bartender who served you is banned until your 21st as well.
- Under age customers will drink out of red solo cups unlike the clear cups that are usually used for alcoholic beverages.
- Any guest that is under the age of 21 must exit the bar by 10:00 P.M.
And as always, if you throw a punch you are banned for life. There is absolutely no fighting in the bar.
“What ever your issues are leave it at the door,” Stegall said.
The Brass Monkey’s hours of operation are from 4:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on weekdays and 4:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Saturday. They are closed on Sundays and Mondays.
The future of The Brass Monkey has some exciting plans. Stegall hopes to expand into the building next door, which will turn his current bar area into a complete restaurant. Also, he will expand the upstairs and turn the blank canvas into a club.