Welcome to the Captain’s Lounge.
That’s the name of the venue that will provide a one-of-a-kind experience in downtown Somerset soon — and if all goes well for its owners, by the end of this week.
Anyone who’s noticed the work going on inside J. Gumbo’s Cajun and Creole Cookin’ on South Main Street has seen the roots of the Captain’s Lounge taking shape — the muilti-hued lights, the expensive-looking equipment. It’s all part of the process of bringing Somerset’s first real bar since the age of Prohibition nearly a century earlier to reality.
Bryan Wayne Perry of the Perry Music Group in Nashville, Tenn., is helping spearhead this project, which is also unique within the Kentucky-based J. Gumbo’s chain, which has restaurants in nine different states. He’s serving as the branding consultant, and is proud of the product he’s helped build with local franchise operators Jay Patel and Jason Hinshaw.
“(Patel and Hinshaw) had a vision; I took their vision and took it on a different turn and created what we have here now,” said Perry. “The vision is, we’re surrounded by Lake Cumberland. Who drives the boats on the lake? The captain. The captain drives the shrimp boats and crawfish boats down in New Orleans the same way they do on Lake Cumberland, so I thought it would be a perfect name to go with the environment we’re surrounded by.”
The new bar — though Perry notes that it’s considered to be more of a “live music experience” — is decked out with comfy couches, RGB LED lights, live Internet streaming capabilities, and plenty of big-screen TV screens — including one that will broadcast outward toward the street, showing what’s going on inside. Perry said that the Captain’s Lounge has “the best sound equipment within 300 miles” of Somerset.