The Davis Graduate at lunchtime. Jonathan Edwards/Enterprise staff

The Davis Graduate at lunchtime. Jonathan Edwards/Enterprise staff


Bar near campus chill on Picnic Day

By April 16, 2011

The epicenter of Picnic Day debauchery is humming along at lunch just like any other Saturday.

The Davis Graduate boasted about 75 mostly young people between noon and 12:30 p.m. Their behavior was mild and low-key 1 1/2 hours after the bar and restaurant opened at 10:30 a.m.

It was a stark contrast to years past when The Grad opened at 6 a.m. with $1 beers and was packed with hundreds of Picnic Day revelers.

Grad owner Charlie Swanson was unavailable for comment Saturday afternoon, but was one of the first bar owners to agree to open later after people called for the end of Picnic Day.

He challenged others to follow his lead less than a month after last year’s Picnic Day, according to a May 6 story by Enterprise staffer Lauren Keene.

“I’m willing to take an economic hit,” he said in May 2010, “to stand up for what I think is right.”


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