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The beginning of RUSTON’S NIGHTCLUB

April 2, 2015

 

Patrons danced to music courtesy of the DJ in the neon atmosphere at Pulse nightclub–Photo by Brennen Lege

Patrons danced to music courtesy of the DJ in the neon atmosphere at Pulse nightclub–Photo by Brennen Lege

BRENNEN LEGE
Staff Reporter

 

There is a building down Old Grambling Road, past the Thomas Assembly Center, which used to be Ruston’s meat processing plant back in the ‘60s and ‘70s. It was not until around the ‘80s when public records show the building started housing bars and nightclubs, with names like The Que Stick, or 3 Docs Brewery. Not many know this history of the building, and the idea of the place people used to bring livestock to be butchered, now being the place where people go to dance, drink and feel alive, is ironic to say the least.

 

Even more fitting is its new name, Pulse Nightclub, the newest club to open on the local scene. The bar, located in Grambling, will be the first to take advantage of the new laws allowing bars to stay open until 3 a.m.

 

The new management there brings experience with them after working the bar and club scene in Monroe.

Bartenders serve patrons during one of Pulse’s first weekend’s of business–Photo by Brennen Lege

Bartenders serve patrons during one of Pulse’s first weekend’s of business–Photo by Brennen Lege

 

Brothers Jay and Josh Nicholson had worked in bars for about a decade before opening Pulse. While Josh bounced for clubs throughout college, older brother Jay worked his way up the ladder in the club world, starting as a bouncer, doorman, bar back, bartender and a manager. After Josh finished his degree, the two decided they wanted to go into the bar business together.

 

“He had the degree and I had the experience, and it just worked,” Jay said. “We bought our first bar about two years ago, 6th Street Saloon in Monroe. We had our fair share of problems with the city council, fire marshal, Alcohol and Tobacco Control, and jealous bar owners, but we still kept on track.”

 

The next bar the brothers opened was Bar 3 in Monroe. Nicholson said the bar drew people from Arkansas, East Louisiana and Ruston.

 

“We saw the amount of people who drove from Ruston to Monroe, and we wanted to give Ruston what they were asking for,” he said. “A real nightclub.”

 

Jay said Pulse would be better than any other Ruston club, because there is nothing else like it in town for a college crowd.

 

“We always supported college kids, and literally every member of our current staff goes to Louisiana Tech,” Jay said. “People want somewhere to come dance. They can go eat, see a live show, but we are the only place for them to come actually enjoy a large dance floor until 3.”

 

Patrons played a game of pool at Ruston’s new nightclub–Photo by Brennen Lege

Patrons played a game of pool at Ruston’s new nightclub–Photo by Brennen Lege

Zach Edmiston, bartender and floor manager each night at Pulse, grew up in Calhoun and earned an accounting degree from Tech.

 

“I knew the owners from frequenting their bar, 6th Street Lounge, in Monroe,” Edmiston said. “They asked if I wanted to bartend a club they were about to open in Monroe called Bar 3. I have been bartending for them ever since.”

 

Edmiston said working primarily as a bartender in life has given him an appreciation for meeting new people. Whether he meets new business acquaintances or lifelong friends, he said he appreciates the social aspects bars and clubs bring to a city.

 

When offered the job at Pulse, Edmiston said he looked forward to coming back to Ruston.

 

“I’m hoping this club can bring some variety to the Ruston area,” Edmiston said. “If there are more things to do, then more people will come out, meaning better business for everyone.”

 

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