Bad news guys. I've met the guy who recently bought Bubba's and apparently he is planning on changing the bar, for the worse in my opinion. Wants to make it more club-like including changing the name and a complete re-do of the inside.
I'm not sure if he is actually going to go through with it, but thats the plan at the moment. Sounds like he wants a Pub Fiction type atmosphere but more "high class".
Ownership changed about 6 months ago or so. They hired a GM who was a hyper d-wsh and had a resume full of tanning salon management/bouncer/promoter type bull sh-t and was trying to go the 'typical washington' route. He ended up quitting(thank god) about a month ago because it wasnt happening.
They've already started doing some re-do work on the interior by putting new cedar planks on the walls/ceilings, which is cool. They've got the 'deck' about done, and it's basically a nicer version of what it was.
I think the indian dude thats one of the owners (also owns manor) is hoping it gets to the typical washington type bar, but i'm not sure the other owner wants the same thing. Luckily for everyone, it's in a location thats not consistant with the typical washington bar, so it generally doesnt draw those types. An it's set up and has the feel of a dive sports bar, which would require a scrape to change.
My guess is it's future is a slightly nicer looking version of it's current self.