While there's no shortage of art galleries on Cherokee Street, there is a severe lack of bars and nightlife on that hip-but-developing stretch of town. Sure, a few Mexican restaurants serve beer and there's also the long-awaited (and longer delayed) spot from The Royale
's Steve Smith, as wonky liquor laws/zoning
have kept the area dry for far, far too long.
But don't despair drinkers: the wait is almost over. Sometime in October, local group ArtDimensions
will open a massive new gallery/studio
on the second floor of 2720 Cherokee Street
and partner with the music promoters at Loyal Family
to open a club/concert venue on the first level
. Josh Grigaitis (Pop's Blue Moon, Broadway Oyster Bar) will be in charge of concert booking. Official names for both places are still up in the air.
Here are a few snapshots of the interior of the new gallery (which includes studio space for four ArtDimensions artists) and the bar/club:
|This the area to the immediate left of where the stage will be. The bar will be left of here, across the room.|Each floor is roughly 7,000 square feet and the artists have been working hard since March to get the place cleaned up. Leading a tour of the expansive new space last night, painter Bryan Walsh -- president of ArtDimensions' Executive Board -- said the liquor license is in its final stages. After that, the last hurdle the group has to clear is an occupancy permit.
|A little place to relax, to the immediate right of the stage|
|Where the stage will eventually be located, in the center of the right side of the room|
Walsh said a few improvements still need to be made before the grand opening next month including a bit more dry wall, sanding the floors, and fixing the lighting. Lookout for an ArtDimensions fundraiser later this month to help cover the cost of the improvements.
Pics of the impressive gallery space on the following page.