Since it's been making the rounds at practically every sports and gay on thje West Side this past weekend, we'd like to pitch one scandalous bar rumor in the trash bin.
After a check with a couple of our impeccably reliable sources, we are delighted to report to you that Kevin — a bartender at the Parkview
— is not buying the Edge (11213 Detroit Ave.; 216-221-8576) to turn the gay club into a straight sports bar by January 15.
One source — who happens to work at the Parkview — tells us that there is no "Kevin" bartending there. Furthermore, another insider — who helps manage the Edge — was damn near belligerent that we would even broach the subject. "Who the fuck is spreading that shit?" he asked.
We'll tell you, kind sir. His name is "Alex," a heavy-set, shifty-eyed "out-of-towner" (if you can call Parma out-of-town) with an apparent grudge against at least one of the bars. He's a bartender at the new "alternative sports club" Argos
, where nelly patrons into figure skating and gymnastics are made to watch manly athletic events like football and basketball on the club's widescreen TVs. To straighten out the Edge would boost Argos' business, our sources guess. The fact that "Alex" has been permanently barred as an Edge customer for "his big mouth" compounds the reasons behind the gossip. — Cris Glaser