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Leon's Lounge Reopens Saturday

Rocks Off just got an email from Leon's owner Pete Mitchell, who also owns Under the Volcano, saying the historic Midtown bar will be back open at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Mitchell leased Leon's in January, and pretty much has been renovating it ever since. That should have given him plenty of time to build up his vinyl collection for the bar, which we heard would not be spinning any CDs or iPods.

We'll find out tomorrow. But Rocks Off is pretty sure Little Joe Washington will be happy Leon's is open again. Washington was a familar sight at Leon's, often stopping by to play the piano before Mitchell bought the bar and temporarily shut it down.

Washington will have to bring his guitar this time, though (or somebody's guitar), because Mitchell has placed the piano in storage.

Mitchell promises a grand-opening party at a later date, and has told Rocks Off's buddy Lonesome Onry and Mean he wants do have live music at the bar Tuesday evenings, similar to the Volcano's Wednesday-night shows.

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