Whosoever MV Inc. planning soft opening of new hang out in former tavern Sherry’s, on Loop

By Steve Chapman

This American Flag wall mural, painted by April Lacey, will be one of the
first things visitors to Whosoever MV Inc. will see when they enter. (Photo

A new establishment will be opening its doors in the building once occupied by Sherry’s Tavern, which closed in June of this year. Whosoever MV Inc., a non-profit organization, is going to open a place where people can come to watch their favorite sporting events on television, with one important difference than the average joint.
“It’s going to be a hangout, just like a sports bar setting, but we’re not serving alcohol,” said Derick Barnes, one of the establishment’s organizers.
Whosoever MV will have a soft opening on Sunday, Oct. 14, where Barnes said people will be able to watch the Chiefs-Patriots game, adding that it will give those a chance to see what Whosoever is all about.
 “We’re going to open at 5 p.m. and let people check it out,” he said.
Barnes also said the radio show Sports Reporters will be at the building from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, and he also expects Coach Tom Cox and the Mt. Vernon Mt’neers to be there at around 9:30 a.m. Members of Whosoever MV themselves will be at Mt. Vernon Farm Home and Supply, a block east of the town square, on both Friday and Saturday during Apple Butter Makin’ Days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, where a 25-foot smoker, owned by Pat Elsey, will be set up, Whosoever MV will sell sausage and coffee for breakfast, and grilled chicken quarters, brats, baked beans and Coke products for lunch and dinner. Leftover food will be able to be purchased for a donation during the soft opening on Sunday.
Barnes said Whosoever MV is not yet ready to open on a regular basis yet; one thing they hope to do is enclose a patio area before opening.
“(We) hope to put a pool table, shuffle board, darts, a juke box in there, another set of TVs,” he said. “Right now, we’ve got three flat screens that you can watch three different things.”
Barnes said he is hopeful that Whosoever MV will be able to open its doors on a regular basis before November, and when it does, he envisions it will be open three days a week.
“Right now, we’re looking at being open all day Saturday for all the college football games, Sunday after church until 11 p.m. for all the NFL games, and (maybe) open all day Monday,” he said, adding that they may be open more often once the non-profit gets established.
Barnes also credited a number of local people and organizations with helping to make Whosoever MV a reality. For example, he said, All Year Heating and Air
 gave them a heating and cooling system valued between $6,000 and $8,000, the Heavy Construction Laborers Union 663 donated $5,000, and the Carpenters Union is also going to donate $5,000. Additionally, several volunteers have donated time and labor to getting the building ready for its grand opening.
“Every evening for the last two months, somebody has been up there volunteering their time,” Barnes said.


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