A snowbird shows photos from southwest Florida and southern New England and other places he goes.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
The Russian Lady
For 21 years, The Russian Lady was the hottest bar in downtown Hartford. It was behind the Civic Center where the Hartford Whalers played hockey and the University of Connecticut played basketball. But, in 1997 the Whalers announced that the franchise was moving to North Carolina and the bar closed. Its contents were sold off. The biggest loss was the sale of the 16-foot bronze "Mother Russia" statue that sat atop the building.
Two years ago the bar reopened with a new owner. Many of the original furnishings were repurchased and installed. "Mother Russia," however, was in a New York hotel and could not be bought back. So, the owners of The Russian Lady had a replica made. Today it watches over the bar's patrons.