D Coy Ducks has a new attitude
Todd, Scott, Chris, Mark, Lisa, Alecia and Samantha are some of
the gang at D Coys. PHOTO PROVIDED BY D COY DUCKS
On an island where an elephant marches down Marina Drive in the St. Patrick’s Day parade and a dog becomes Cleopatra on Halloween, there shouldn’t be too many surprises. But according to Butch Swanson, one of the owners and manager of D Coy Ducks, some time in late summer he "will surprise the heck out of everyone."
A little over two months ago, Swanson partnered with Mondher Kobrosly, who took over ownership of D Coy Ducks last May, as well as owning several other businesses on the Island. Kobrosly was looking for someone to help him turn the Island fixture into an updated, 21-and-over adult bar by remodeling not only the premises but also the attitude. With Swanson’s more than 30 years of owning and operating clubs in Tampa combined with his love of Anna Maria, where he has been a resident for five years, it was a perfect fit.
Swanson started with state-of-the-art air purifiers to filter the air, creating a comfortable environment for everyone. That first step was enough to start getting some of the regulars back and introducing the bar to a new generation of patrons. Every day is an event at D Coy Ducks, featuring entertainment almost every night including funk, blues, jazz and reggae. In addition, there’s poker night, karaoke and weekly drawings for champagne. Sometime in July Swanson plans on serving bar food with daily specials daily and unique promotions to help get everyone through the summer heat. But the really big surprise will come in late summer or early fall, when The Duck will retire. Swanson and Kobrosly plan on changing the name of the Island legend to one that only Swanson knows and he’s not talking.
Swanson says that the bartenders and the bands that play at D Coy Ducks are the stars of the bar and is thankful that all of the staff adjusted well to the new management. He invites everyone to come in and visit Alecia, "The Beautiful Blond;" Mark, "The Rock Star;" Todd R., "The Artist; " Scott, "Tall Boy;" Chris, "The New Kid;" Lisa, "Thank God For Lisa & Days;" Thida, "The Exotic Beauty;" Little Kristy on door security, "Don’t Mess With Kristy;" Sal, "Brand New;" Todd S., "Carpenter Man;" and Samantha, "The Beautician."
D Coy Ducks is gearing up for the new century and the changing face of Anna Maria. Business has increased already and Swanson plans on drawing crowds from all over the Island, Bradenton, Sarasota and Tampa. Toward the end of the summer, there will be a combination retirement party for The Duck and a blow out christening party for the new name.
In the meantime, if you haven’t been to D Coy Ducks recently, give it a try. The old Island favorite has been dusted off and shined up with a few surprises in its future to keep us going at least to Halloween.
D Coy Ducks
5410 Marina Dr.
Open every day
10:30am to 2:30am