Or rather the NOTORIOUS Flame as it was known towards the end. One of those bars that stayed around long enough to see nearly every interesting musician in every genre walk through its doors. In the old days an act would be heading up, and play the Flame; in the end, I think, you played the Flame on your way down. I used to live a few blocks away back in the 70s, when the cops were often summoned at closing time. Neighborhood pressure got the place closed; by then every story in the paper seemed to refer to the place as "the notorious Flame."

I have a theory that all bars named the Flame come to a bad end, but I can't prove it. In any case, the building is still there, seven decades later, but there's nothing about it that suggests its storied past.And by "storied" I mean hookers and ffistfights.