Dragonfly: We Do Crime
Kelsey Street, on the far west side of the Maidenhead spaceport, is lined with low rent and somewhat shabby warehouses and industrial buildings. Many are shut down now or were simply abandoned when business moved further east. Some were made into unfashionable and perhaps structurally unstable apartments. One is a bar.
Bay 99 is set in a brick three story converted warehouse that used to be a small manufacturing plant. The building was abandoned after it partially burned under suspicious circumstances about 20 years earlier. The building was bought on the cheap, or possibly won in a poker game, by Benjamin MaColl in 2506.
Ben refurbished and reconstructed the building to house his bar with its grand opening in 2508. Each year or so since then, Ben has been able to add to and expand his empire. First a stage and music equipment then a small kitchen serving snack food. Later he added 10 guest rooms to the second floor, though the legality of this addition could be questioned.
To date, MaColl (now with his wife and partner Marly) has a grand total of 15 guest rooms, each with private bath and some with kitchenettes, 5 private meeting/banquet rooms, and a full menu kitchen serving lunch and dinner. There is much speculation as to how Ben will expand his bar further, as he has literally run out of warehouse.
Bay 99 was primarily a pilot’s bar when it first started but over the years it has become a favorite watering hole for a broader spectrum of folks working at the port. Though it remains a ‘flyers’ bar.
The ‘Nines’, as it is known among its clientele, does no advertising and the new comer to Maidenhead would likely be unaware of its existence. The bar keeps its till full on word of mouth alone and enjoys a ‘hole in the wall’ feel. Adding to the homey feel of the place is its shabby appearance. While more then able to keep the bar and its facilities sleek and modern, Ben found that the pilots actually were happier when he let the atmosphere get a lot more casual. So he carefully maintains the bar as somewhat run down. The private rooms are well appointed and comfortable. The banquet room can seat up to 25 and the other private rooms seat up to 12. Rounding out the facility is a collection of HoloPool tables and several Dart games.
Due to its past life as a manufacturing plant, about half of the first floor is underground. From the street, there is no indication that the bar exists at all. The first front door is merely a oversized steel door with a single eye level plaque that reads, ‘Bay #99’. The actual front door is reached via an enclosed staircase that leads to a 12×12 vestibule. This vestibule houses the bar’s weapon storage lockers and the primary bouncer. The Nines maintains a strict no weapons policy and all weapons must be checked and placed in a locker before entering the bar proper.
The main bar, kitchen and private rooms occupy the sunken first floor. The main floor has 18-foot ceilings and the only windows are high clerestory type along the edge of the ceiling. The second floor is taken by the guest rooms and is reached by a main staircase in the front bar or by a private staircase located in the kitchen. The third story is given over to the MaColl’s living quarters and is inaccessible to the public.
The kitchen takes up nearly half of the ‘behind the scenes’ space on the first floor. It is outfitted with the latest modern appliances and food preparation stations. It also has a state of the art walk in refrigerator and freezer as well as a large, lockable dry storage area. The kitchen is accessible from the hallway to the private rooms and the front main bar as well. It also has a large receiving ramp with double doors and a smaller walk out door, both leading to the alley behind the warehouse.
One of the small private meeting rooms.
Floorplan for one of the guest rooms on the second floor.