CROSSLAKE — There’s a new piano bar in town to give Brainerd lakes area residents another place to go for live entertainment as well as offering them a chance to share their musical talent.
Crosby’s Piano Bar is located off Crow Wing County Road 66 in Crosslake — not Crosby. The Crosby part of the name is after the owner, Terry Crosby. The piano bar, which opened Sept. 19, is open Sundays for the football games and then from 5 p.m. to close Monday through Saturday.
Crosby said Mondays will be Blues Monday Jam with Jambalaya and Corn Bread; Tuesdays will be bluegrass jam; Wednesdays will be open jam; Thursday is jazz night; and the sing-a-long piano bar will be every Friday-Saturday led by either Steve Anderson or Shannon Webster.
Crosby’s Piano Bar includes an organ from the 1800s and a 1920 piano that can be played by customers. Crosby said anyone may play the piano or bring in an instrument to play anytime, but not during the Friday-Saturday night sing-a-longs. Anderson or Webster will lead the weekend sing-a-longs, where they’ll play the piano and sing at the antique 10-seat piano bar, where people can sit around the piano and join in the fun.
Crosby said the piano bar plays music from the 40s, 50s and 60s and draws people age 50 and older, but anyone is welcome. Crosby said that he is catering to the local people.
“We play songs that you’ll know the words too,” said Crosby. “This is the music that many of us grew up listening too.
“We’re trying to do a lot of different events for people to come in here to relax.”
Crosby has been in the food and beverage industry for 32 years and worked as an executive chef. He has worked for Marriott Hotels in South Carolina and has worked at Breezy Point Resort and Grand View Lodge in the lakes area. Crosby and his wife Gladys retired in Crosslake because they have family ties in Minnesota and they wanted to open a piano bar/restaurant. They first talked about purchasing the old dinner club called Edgewood in Breezy Point, but it didn’t work out.
Crosby said the 16-seat main bar serves beer and wine. The bar serves mainly American and Europe-based wines, including wines by Chateau Ste Michelle. There is a full kitchen with a menu that serves primary seafood dishes and sandwiches. Crosby said his specialities are Slipper Lobster or Slipper Shrimp, which is seafood in a creamy sauce and is served on a croissant.
“Everyone absolutely loves it,” said Crosby.
Currently, the piano bar/restaurant employs a bartender, two part-time servers and are looking for help in the kitchen.