Twist and Shout: Raw Deal ‘50s dance party

By Matthew Gundrum —

When it comes to offering fun events to the community, no place does it better than The Raw Deal.

On Friday, Oct. 24 from 7 to 10 p.m., this quaint restaurant specializing in organic food will turn itself upside down for a rockabilly-themed party. Officially dubbed as the “Hound Dog & Pretty Kitty Rawkabilly Ball,” participants are invited to dress up and get down in full ‘50s fashion.rockabilly

The event will feature a top disc jockey from Chippewa Valley, Wis. and will also act as the premiere of a black and white photography showing done by Laura Lee.

The Rawkabilly Ball is unlike anything The Raw Deal has ever done. Normally a relaxed and comfortable environment, the interior will be redone by maximizing space to promote a high-energy atmosphere.

“The rockabilly theme is a pleasant change of pace for us,” said the establishment’s Event Coordinator Amber Georgakopoulos. “We will be pushing the furniture aside to give The Raw Deal a totally different feel, while still showing off the beautiful historic building.”

But interior space won’t be the only aspect of The Raw Deal getting a revamp. “Our staff will be in full rockabilly and pin-up costume, and we are encouraging everyone else to join in the fun. Retro and vintage dresses, red lipstick, fellas going wild with the hair gel,” said Georgakopoulos.

“Participation in this type of immersion is practically required,” added Georgakopoulos. “In an artsy town like Menomonie, with so many fashion students and fantastic thrift and antique stores, we are really hoping everyone wants a bonus chance to dress up!”

In terms of what will be served, The Raw Deal has beverages specially crafted for the evening. “Our head brewer, Ryan, will be pouring a keg of something special that he is brewing just for the event. This will be the only time it’s available, so that itself is a great reason to come,” Georgakapoulos said. “If beer isn’t your thing, we will also have a yummy ‘Pretty Kitty Cocktail.’”

The primary motivation behind the ball is to raise money for the Humane Society. The event itself is free, but there will be a suggested $2 donation at the door.

The restaurant is located on 603 S. Broadway St. in downtown Menomonie, so clear your calendars and stop by. Don’t miss this throwback night of dancing for a good cause at The Raw Deal on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.

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