Hoods and Capers closes its doors after four years of serving


A somber setting accompanied the shots and other drinks at Hoods and Capers Saturday night as the bar celebrated its last night in operation.
The Greencastle staple at 18 S. Jackson St. that has become well known in its four-year term shut its doors after selling all the alcohol in the establishment.
Co-owner and manager Ryan Gullett said that after the business had a successful spring but then a very slow summer, he and the other owners decided to sell.
"The summer was just brutally slow. We had to move on," Gullett said.
He said the managers are entertaining offers from two interested parties but are unsure what will come next for the space.

Instagram photos and other social media reactions accompanied the bar's final night Saturday, with some including the hashtag #RIPHoods.

Senior Kathryn Drew said she attended Hoods and Capers beginning last semester when she turned 21. She enjoyed dinners there with sorority sisters and dollar drink nights on Wednesdays. Last spring she even wrote a non-fiction story about Gullett after watching him at work for an evening.
"It was a staple in Greencastle bar life," Drew said. "Since freshman year we've heard about it. It's sad. Especially when that's the place seniors are supposed to go in the spring for senior dinners and everything."
Zach Stewart, a co-owner at Hoods and Capers, said in a Facebook post Sunday that the bar provided more than drinks and pizza to its customers.
"Regardless if you're a 'townie' or a student from DePauw - everyone was to be equal at Hoods," Stewart said. "[Hoods and Capers] is more than just a bar, it's been a social bridge that blurred the lines between two separate communities since the day we opened. Our legacy is just that."
A significant part of the bar's legacy was dollar drink night on Wednesdays,which became a burden for employees, said Gullett.
"Wednesdays were the best and worst idea I've ever had in my life," he said. "Everybody would be drinking and having a good time, there were some really good nights, but it got so crowded and people would start hollering in there. And the clean up those nights was the worst."
The 26-year-old who bought the bar at 22 and opened by 23 said he will be content to work for others for a while.
No matter what the space becomes, Gullett said, it will not be the same gathering space that Greencastle residents as well as DePauw students came to enjoy.
"It will be hard for them to bring people together the way we did. There was just something about this place," Gullett said. "I hope the people remember and those stories and memories live on forever."