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February 23, 2006

Miller’s Tavern

North-side tavern offers upscale items, down-home dishes and entertainment even Scrooge would love.

Miller’s Tavern on Kokomo’s north end rocks every night.

Monday through Sunday, the tavern is hopping with good food and a variety of entertainment — from karaoke to amateur night to working ladies day.

Special drink and food prices are offered on Mondays and Sundays — $5 pitchers, $1.50 domestic beer, $1 hot dogs or chili and 25-cent wings.

Coming soon on Wednesdays is Working Women’s Wednesday, with 20 percent off all food and drinks for — you guessed it — women who work. (Men also are invited.)

On Fridays, diners can first fill up on 10-ounce ribeye dinners. If that’s not enough to tickle your tummy, hang around until 10 p.m. That’s when the CRB Band hits the stage with its toe-tapping repertoire of country, rock and blues music.

The restaurant, located at 125 W. Elm St., reopened just over a year ago under the ownership of Rick and Judy Bowley and is managed by Rick Bowley’s brother, David, who also happens to be in the tavern’s signature band. Both brothers have been in the music business for years.

According to documents recently found in the tavern’s safe by the new owners, the restaurant was established just after World War II in 1946 by Harry and Dorothy Miller. It was famous for good food and was among the first Kokomo bars to install central air conditioning and televisions.

David Bowley said they’ve strived to maintain the same quality which patrons came to expect and added entertainment. The first thing they did was remodel a bit, moving the front door to the east to accommodate a stage.

I found the combination dining room and lounge roomy, but cozy with its tongue-and-groove pine walls. Plenty of televisions are available, including a wide-screen plasma on the west wall for the sports-minded football and NASCAR crowds.

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