Bar Owner Tired of Being "Bathroom for Voodoo Doughnut," Moves Bar After 24 Years

Captain Ankeny's will no longer be on Ash Street

After 24 years, Old Town dive bar Captain Ankeny's Well is moving. Apparently owner Jon Abramson doesn't like the neighbors anymore.

"It was time to leave. It was time to get out," he says. "I'm very glad I'm no longer the bathroom for Voodoo Doughnut. And the perpetual beggars that place created."

Abramson unceremoniously closed his bar at the corner of Southwest Ash Street and 3rd Avenue—about a half-block from the Old Town Voodoo location—on September 28.

He'd been there for two decades—notwithstanding a strange, short-lived interlude as a stripper-poled burlesque and circus spot called Sky Club. He'd already moved the bar once, from its original home in the Ankeny Alley. He'll now move one block farther away from Ankeny Street, to Southwest 1st and Pine in the old Maiphai Thai space.

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Abramson hopes to open the new spot—tentatively titled Captain Ankeny's Pizza and Pub—by Thanskgiving.

"I'm looking forward to getting my doors open. It's a smaller space, more like my original location," says Abramson. "Food is gonna be my focus."

Abramson says that in the meantime, he'll still be slinging his Captain Ankeny's pizza at the Saturday Market on weekends.