Owner Denis Woychuk is of Ukrainian roots and purchased the great hall on the bottom floor from the Ukrainian Labor Home, whose socialist membership was dwindling with age and changing political tastes. With a nod to its history (and an added letter “e” for good pronunciation measure,) Woychuk changed the space to an art gallery and named it the Kraine Gallery. A few years later, the Ukrainian group closed the 2nd floor bar. Woychuk purchased it and thought what better name than “KGB Bar” for a tucked away 2nd floor bar with no signage, (the small signage you see today did not arrive until 2000) and subversive leftist history. Unfortunately, when he applied to the Department of State to name his new watering hole KGB, he was given a big NO! … a Soviet-themed name was verboten. Mind you this was shortly after the end of the Cold War! The only way he could get it approved was by saying that it was an acronym for Kraine Gallery Bar and thus the d/b/a of KGB Bar was born.