After seven years at 2401 Blake Street, the Blake Street Tavern is moving a block south -- to 2301 Blake, into a storied space that's held everything from 23 Parish to Polly Esther's to Club 303.
Chris Fuselier, the tavern's owner, says he hopes to have everything in place by mid-May. And that includes the current spot's coziness, even though the new Blake Street will be much, much larger: 11,000 square feet on the first floor alone.
Right now, Fuselier's biggest priority is installing a kitchen, which will serve the same menu as at the current Blake Street Tavern. He also plans on setting up a new version of the Tailgate Room in the north room, which was Club 303's VIP area (and, long before that, the Garage), and says he'd like to bring in live music Thursdays through Saturdays.
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As for the 7,000-square-foot dance club downstairs, Fuselier's not yet sure what he's going to do there -- he says the downstairs may not open until September -- but he's thinking about doing an '80s night on Fridays and Saturdays, similar to what Polly Esther's offered, and also using the space for special events.