The Museum Club has reopened under new management.
Dru Douthit took over the Route 66 Flagstaff icon in late December and officially reopened it for business on Dec. 29. The property is still owned by the Zanzucchi family. Douthit rents the building from the family and runs the bar.
Douthit said he’s rehired many of the country music bar’s regular servers and a friend, Ty Mount, will be handling the entertainment for the club.
Douthit plans to keep the honky tonk bar the same as it’s always been including dime nights, dance lessons and karoke nights. He hopes to bring in a small kitchen in the future and to have live entertainment lined up every weekend. Currently, The Museum Club doesn’t sell food, but Douthit plans to bring in food trucks into the parking lot on the bar’s busiest days.
He also wants to create a Zoo Club that would allow members to get specials on drinks, tickets and invites to special members-only parties. Membership in the club would be limited to 100 people. He’s already got 40 to 45 people lined up for membership.
Douthit said several people approached him after the bar closed its doors in September. The club had been a fixture in Douthit’s life for many years, first as a student at Northern Arizona University and then as a member of the Arizona National Guard stationed at Camp Navajo.
He knows it’s been a fixture for many others who have lived, visited or gone to school in Flagstaff and he couldn’t let it go. So he stepped up and took over the business.