O'Neil Broyard, the wonderfully eccentric owner of New Orleans' well-known Saturn Bar, passed away on Thursday, December 22nd. The SFA heard from O'Neil's nephew, Eric Broyard, who said that O'Neil's heart just gave out. Last we knew anything about O'Neil, he made it through Hurricane Katrina and was in the process of cleaning up his beloved Saturn. He will be missed, and our condolences go out to all of his friends and family--at home and at the bar.
O'Neil's family is organizing a gathering to be held in his honor at the Saturn Bar on Saturday, January 28th, from 11:00 a.m. until about 2:00 p.m. We'll be sure to post more details as they are available.
Some good news: We also have word that O'Neil's nephew, Eric, is going to be doing all he can to get the Saturn up and running again, with a possible official re-open date in the next couple of months.
You can read our interview with O'Neil Broyard, which is part of our Bartenders of New Orleans oral history project, by clicking the link above.