For the past 15 years, Lincoln County native Todd Goodman has dreamed of opening a bar. Now, Goodman is eagerly anticipating the grand opening of his country themed bar this weekend.
“I’ve been scared to open a bar, but since I’m getting older, I figured it was time,” Goodman said.
Named Quillies, the 4,000 square foot entertainment venue offers its members live music, a DJ booth, a full bar, a dance floor, four pool tables and several flat screen televisions. While no smoking is allowed inside the facility, Quillies does have a smoking patio for its patrons.
Goodman believes the name Quillies denotes a country bar theme.
“We play country, blues, southern rock and rock music,” he said.
According to Goodman, the bar was named Quillies to honor one of his close friends that passed away.
“Everyone called him Porcupine as a nickname, and my nickname for him was Quillie,” Goodman said. “We were good friends, and I really liked the name, so it was a win-win situation.”
Unlike some bars in Lincolnton, Quillies is a private club, requiring its patrons to be members of the bar. Applicants that are approved are required to pay a five-dollar fee annually. The bar also has 21 and older age restriction. Goodman believes the age restriction will prevent any underage drinking.
“You get 18, 19, 20 year olds in your club, and before you know it, their buddy is buying them a beer,” Goodman said. “I want to provide a nice, clean and friendly atmosphere for people to have a good time. Having visited so many bars, I’ve seen the troubles that can arise. I want to make sure people don’t have to worry about any troubles.”
So far, Goodman said the bar has drawn in a diverse age group since its soft opening six weeks ago.
“Our members are anywhere from 23 and up,” he said. “The more mature crowd tends to enjoy listening to music and twenties crowd tends to play pool.”
While Goodman admits the bar has taken a tremendous amount of work, he is pleased with the bar’s success thus far.
“I really enjoy seeing the people having a good time and getting to listen to the local talent,” Goodman said.
Quillies will celebrate its grand opening Saturday, Feb. 1. Cleveland and Catawba County based band Cadence will provide the musical entertainment.
“We’ve had them play here before, and they’ve just packed the place out; we love them,” Goodman said. “We’re big on local talent.”
Guests will also be able to enjoy a catered meal of Boston Butts as well as “Chicken and Fixins.”
The location has housed many incarnations of various bars over the past decade, some more successful than others. Goodman has faith that Quillies will remain a popular local haunt.
“We plan to be here for a long time,” he said.
Quillies, located on Vandiver Drive in Lincolnton, is open seven days a week. The bar’s winter hours are 5 p.m.-midnight from Monday to Thursday, 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday and from 1-11 p.m. on Sunday.