food & drink

Belly Up

June 30, 2011 |

By Amber Williams


Double Shot Bar & Grill


Jessica Grooms pours Chuck Norris bombs at Double Shot Bar & Grill, 6500 Hickman Road, 309-0580. Hours are 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., daily.

New bar takes over iconic watering hole


After years of slinging drinks, the Twisted Parrot closed its doors earlier this year and was taken over by new owners under the name of Billy Goat's. But that bar quickly closed, and four new owners — Alma and Nedzad Mujanovic and Fudo and Zinajda Ikeljic — opened the bar's newest incarnation, Double Shot Bar & Grill.

" We found out this building was available, and we jumped at the opportunity," Fudo Ikeljic said. "We used to come down here when it was the Twisted Parrot, so we knew the location was a great place."

The owners took over in April, adding new menu items but still focusing on showing UFC and WWE events as the Parrot had.

" We show every UFC fight, and there is never a cover. Fans can enjoy the daily drink specials as well as a few we'll come up with during the event," Ikeljic said. "We charge $6 for the WWE events, but we draw a great crowd because a lot of fans don't want to pay the $50 or $60 bucks to get it at home. We have 10 TVs and a projection screen, so there isn't a bad seat in the house."

The bar offers a variety of bar food standards — appetizers, sandwiches, burgers and pizza — but they've also added gyros with homemade pita bread to the menu. A Gyro pizza will also be available in the near future. The kitchen (open from 5 to 10 p.m.) also offers a daily food special from 5 to 8 p.m., including all-you-can-eat pasta on Monday for $5 and $6 all-you-can-eat wings on Thursday.

" We wanted to focus on good, quality bar food that was served fast and fresh," Ikeljic said.

Happy Hour runs from 3 to 7 p.m. daily. Patrons receive $1 off all drinks. Along with Happy Hour, the bar offers nightly drink specials from 7 p.m. to close. Stop in for $3 Captain Morgan drinks on Monday; enjoy $3 Crown Royal drinks on Tuesday; $3 wells on Wednesday; $4 bombs on Thursday; $2 domestics and $3 imports with a live DJ on Friday; $2.50 margaritas and a live DJ on Saturday; and $3 Bloody Marys and $5 pitchers on Sunday.

" We offer some great drink specials as a thank you to our customers," Ikeljic said.

The bar also features a number of games including two pool tables, two dartboards, "Golden Tee," "Big Buck Hunter" and the most popular game of all — a punching machine.

" People love the punching game," said manager Kevin Snyder. "The high score is 997, and if someone can come in and beat that, we'll give them a bar tab."

Upcoming events include UFC 132 on Friday, July 2; WWE pay-per-view on Sunday, July 17; and a throwback to the Twisted Parrot with a Trailer Trash Bash on Saturday, July 9.

" We'll be having specials on Natty Light 40s, Busch Light Tallboys, Mad Dog 20/20 and Boone's Farm as well as a costume contest and more," Snyder said.

Although they took over a bar staple, the new owners have made the bar their own, while keeping a similar vibe that drew patrons to the Parrot.

" We have lots of fun, and people love the relaxing and laid back atmosphere," Ikeljic said. "Stop in and enjoy the great food, terrific drink specials and outstanding bartenders that know how to take care of our customers." CV