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New Management in Place, The Columbia Reopening on October 31

An ownership change could be in the works for the embattled bar.

After a two month plus hiatus, a new management team will tentatively reopen The Columbia Bar and Grille on October 31.

Daddy Mims owner John Mims confirmed to Patch that he has taken over management of the bar with an eye on possibly purchasing it, though he emphasizes nothing is official.

Mims said the bar, under his watch, has already hosted several events that were scheduled before its August closure and will reopen in earnest for a Halloween party later this month. The Columbia will keep evening hours after that, but Mims conceded he has “no idea” what exactly the schedule will be.

“We might just be open on the weekends. I’ve got my hands full with my restaurant right now,” he said, admitting that “there’s a lot of grey area” with the present arrangement.

Several sources told Patch that the Columbia's issues began when owner Daniel Cashman died in September of 2011. Mims, for his part, said the bar’s employees “ran the place into the ground.”

“There was no way it was going to survive,” he added.

Mims said that in his brief time at the bar’s helm, significant progress has been made.

“One thing’s for sure, it’s a lot cleaner. It’s spruced up a little bit,” he said, adding that there were a handful of code regulations the building had to get in compliance with, a problem that has since been addressed.

While it’s unclear what, if any, role Mims will play in the Columbia’s future, he said the Phoenixville mainstay isn't going anywhere.

“Either way it’s not gonna just stay dormant,” he said.

Laughing it Up February 26, 2013 at 06:50 PM
As a former employee who is still owed money and a W2! I find this hilarious! Donna is telling everyone the same story about Mims squatting and calling the cops on her. Are we supposed to feel sorry for her!?? Donna it is called, "What comes around, goes around." Donna and Mims seems to a perfect match for each other. They are now like rats on a sinking ship, scrambling to save themselves. I must say, best of luck Mims, hope your squatters rights do nothing more than drive Donna and her legal costs up.
Steve Boyle February 27, 2013 at 10:31 PM
As a current employee of The Columbia, I would like to say that since working here John Mims has done an outstanding job of turning around a dead establishment. Donna Cashman, in the meantime, has done nothing but act like a spoiled irresponsible, non contributing, drunk, child. She treated the new employees of The Columbia like her personal servants. She told people not to tip us. Her and her freeloading boyfriend Bob drank and ate lavishly on the company dime. And when the gravy train ended, they made a spectacle of themselves on a Saturday night in a lame attempt to provoke a reaction from John and the staff. I can only hope the Donna Cashman gets hers in the near future. I can only imagine how bad it must have been to work for her.
Donna's former servant February 27, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Thank you Steve for bringing a smile to my face. Donna has ALWAYS treated everyone who worked for her as beneath her. Even when she was drinking bottles of Booze that WE paid or her! She is the most smug, poor person I have ever met! She would bring in groups of her Mainline friends for us to serve and cater too, and would not tip us. She would rack up over $150 nightly when she couldn't even pay us. It was bc of the management that we stayed. Now she has filed Chapter 11 trying to save her sorry restaurant. Where else will she be able to drink and eat for free nightly!?!
John Richards March 04, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Somebody with some brains, taste and talent (that leaves anyone from Phoenixville out) should come in and get rid of the horrible reputation that place has. I think we have Doug Murray to thank for the decline of that property.
Down Fall of the Columbia March 26, 2013 at 05:09 PM
I have a few facts: The old emplyees are still owed back pay from the Columbia/Donna. The Columbia (dba the Nectarine Group) filled for Chapter 11 on February 20, 2013. http://www.palawdirectory.com/listingsdb/static/petition0226.htm The Nectarine Group also filled a claim against John Mims in Philadlphia Court for recovery of money or property. (go to the bottom of the list)http://www.palawdirectory.com/listingsdb/static/petition0307.htm Too bad Mims tangled with the devil.

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