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Bar near campus chill on Picnic Day

The Davis Graduate at lunchtime. Jonathan Edwards/Enterprise staff

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April 16, 2011 | 3 Comments

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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  • Will ArnoldApril 16, 2011 - 10:14 pm

    I'm not sure "epicenter of Picnic Day debauchery" is an accurate description considering there were, to my knowledge, zero police calls to the Grad last year. Many downtown establishments cannon say the same. But your description if it being "chill" this afternoon is quite accurate. The craziest it got was when Barcelona scored its goal against Real Madrid.

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  • Jonathan EdwardsApril 17, 2011 - 9:01 pm

    I get what you're saying Will. Definitely a valid point of view. I wrote the lede of that piece based on The Graduate's $1 beer specials and 6 a.m. open time were the fodder for much of the discussion in the wake of Picnic Day 2010. Some of those in that discussion said there were zero police calls to The Graduate. Others said the drink specials and early opening got people drunk early who then went elsewhere to create mischief.

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  • WitnessApril 17, 2011 - 9:26 am

    Maybe the "the zone" looked safer this year compared to past few, but don't kid yourselves. The kids got their party on. The party just got delayed and moved over a few blocks. Better refrain from self congratulations.

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