What’s Up With the Howard Bean Cafe?

Patrick Mullikin, who aparently sold Riverwalk Records last month has not sold the other names associated with his business, most notably “The Howard Bean Cafe” and “Great Green Mountain Bob Dylan Wanna-Be Contest”.

One word… BUMMER! regardless of the fact that I visit Montpelier just about every weekend, I don’t think I would have ever known about Riverwalk Records had it not been for the Howard Bean Cafe inside.

Mulkin writes:

Bob On The Auction Block?

How would it feel? How would it feel? To be the one who owns. . . the Great Green Mountain Bob Dylan Wanna-Be Contest?

Patrick Mullikin, who sold Riverwalk Records last month, is considering selling the registered trade name, The Great Green Mountain Bob Dylan Wanna-Be Contest.

“While I have kept it a free community event, it does have the potential to be a money-maker for the right company or individual — say, for example, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. From a publicity standpoint, this event it is priceless. Dylan’s popularity continues to grow, and people are willing to stand up before an audience to imitate him. Odder yet is that there is an audience willing to watch all this.”

The annual event has gained international attention and/or notoriety, during its two years, and Mullikin says he’s heard people as far away as Australia who have expressed interest in participating in next year’s event, which he had planned to hold in the fall. “We had more than 225 people attend last year’s event. I also own the registered trade name The Howard BEAN: A Cafe for America, which I might be interested in selling as well as Mr. Dean continues to gain notoriety. It would not surprise me at all to see him in the next presidential race.”

The new owner of Riverwalk Records, Jacob Grossi, did not want to continue the cafe or purchase the Howard BEAN name.

Interested parties may contact Mullikin at 802 229-9905 or email him at:GGM.BobDylan.WannaBeContest@adelphia.net

“Great Green Mountain Bob Dylan Wanna-Be Contest” seems like a great thing, although I admit I don’t know much about it. From what I hear it is basically an open mic where people sing Dylan tunes and imitate him with the hopes of winning the contest by replicating that Bob Dylan nasally tone. Aparently it’s pretty popular so I’m sure someone will pick it up.

The loss of the Howard Bean Cafe, however is a true tragedy! Howard Dean continues to be a visionary and bring light to the Democratic party. Having the “Howard Bean” twist on his name in such a public light servers to remind people about the excellent work he is doing for us, and as Vermonters, it makes up proud. If you are ever in Riverwalk Records and see the new owner Jacob Grossi, give him a talking to about his decision to not bring along the Howard Bean name. I know I will!

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