ATWATER VILLAGE — The name of the dive bar owned by Betty Bartlotta, who passed away last week, is Club Tee Gee. That may come as a surprise to the people who have assumed that the name of the place was Club Tee Yee (“Yee” instead of “Gee”) based on the neon sign out front. The confusion over Gee and Yee surfaced on the Twitter in response to Bartlotta’s death:
RIP, owner of the bar with LA’s most confusing sign. (Tee Yee? No, Tee Gee!) https://t.co/LyY7tin3mV
— Carolyn Kellogg (@paperhaus) February 29, 2016
I am embarrassed to say I always thought it was called Club Tee Yee. https://t.co/GqKjQbTznK
— Meghan Daum (@meghan_daum) February 29, 2016
It’s far from the first time that the Atwater bar’s sign has mislead passersby. “Funny I thought the name was Club Tee YEE, doesn’t the sign look like “yee” and not “gee,” said one person on Yelp!
Some say the sign’s font is at fault. “Club Tee Gee! I have live in the area almost two years and swore that G was a Y (or upside down H for Tee Hee?). Thanks for clearing that up,” said a commenter on the Atwater Village Newbie blog.
So, what does Tee Gee stand for? The Atwater Village News explains:
“The business was originally opened in 1946 by owners Joe Grzybowski and Neal Tracy, and has had the name Club Tee Gee ever since (Tee for Tracy and Gee for Grzybowski).
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