Tuesday, January 1, 2019
News 12 at 6/NBC at 7
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- It may not look like it now, but this place used to be one of the most popular bars around Augusta. Now Squeaky's Tip Top is rundown but could be getting some help.
It hasn't been open or operating for about 20 years and one organization says this is a historic landmark for Augusta and it needs to be saved.
You'd be hard press to find an Augusta native who doesn't know of the massive impact of the tiny pub sitting at the tip-top of Central Ave.
“Not the Taj Mahal. It's Squeaky's. It shouldn't look fancy,” said Rich Menger, who was Squeaky's bartender and DJ for 10 years. “That was before everyone had phones which was probably a good thing in a lot of cases.”
It was also during a time when Rich Menger says, the maximum people allowed inside may have been a little flexible at times.
“A long long time ago things were much, much less strict,” said Menger. “Certain nights where there was just wall to wall people. Very fun, very sweaty”
It is very historic and anyone, down to politicians would find a spot on the packed small walls or even a smaller dance floor.
“President Eisenhower,” said Menger.
The earliest record of the property dates back to 1938. But here on today's date, it's tattered, broken, and squeaky.
“It's been neglected but it's definitely a part of Augusta's history,” said Menger.
Historic Augusta Incorporated calls it endangered. This property, along with three others they want to save.
With the New Year, the building could be eligible for state and federal funding and even tax credit, to help save it.
But first, Historic Augusta says Squeaky's noise has got to be blaring.
The first step is to draw attention to this place to get investors and officials who may want to help put money to restore it.
During the year, at some point, the owner can apply for funding and grants since it's been put on the local historic list.
News 12 reached out to the owner and no word yet on the final plans.