Well, on the positive side - they did a good job with the restoration to be sure and the location close to the river is lovely. But...they don't have one, not one single, thing/object/artwork/bell from the original. A travesty that...so it goes...Bitte_Kein_Lexus wrote:Damn shame. I never went to the Green Resort (or whatever it's called), his bar's reincarnation in Kampot, but I heard it was doing well.
On the bad side - it's not rough/arty/bizarre and leaning so beautifully toward the river like the original was. Basically I always thought that I was inside Ian's brain whenever I was there (which was very often) and that it was a strange and groovy place - his brain...
Maxineâ€™s owner a local legend
Wed, 28 May 2014
Ian â€œSnowyâ€ Woodford, a painter and raconteur whose expatriate years in Phnom Penh, marked by his stewardship of the now-defunct Maxineâ€™s bar, still elicit nostalgic memories from those who knew him, died on Friday in Sydney. He was 57. The death occurred during an operation for one of his multiple ailments.
Woodford, who took his moniker from the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales where he grew up, moved to the capital from Australia in 1993 to work on a dangerous assignment retrieving vehicles from Khmer Rouge strongholds for the United Nations.
He fell in love with Cambodia and stayed for almost 20 years, racking up a library of tales. In the early days, Snow â€“ as everyone addressed him â€“ worked any kind of job. Once, he was paid to watch TV, and drink beer, by a foreign government concerned about the content of news coverage in the country â€“ a job he excelled in.
But most people remember his tenure as the proprietor of Maxineâ€™s, which he opened in 2005. The bar sat precariously on the eastern bank of the Tonle Sap river in Chroy Changvar, constantly threatening to topple into the water with its uniquely slanted veranda.
Wendy Lucas, co-owner of The Lost Room restaurant and one of Snowâ€™s many longtime Phnom Penh friends, recalled his universal popularity.
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