The owner of the Other Corner Charcuterie Bar in Hampden is transforming the space into a members-only martini and cigar bar.
Bernard Dehaene, who also owns the adjacent Corner Charcuterie Bar, is putting the finishing touches on Elmwood Social Club, slated to open at 850 W. 36th St. for a limited preview on Feb. 14.
The Other Corner and Corner Charcuterie Bar are still on the market. Dehaene has dropped the asking price to $450,000 from $750,000 and hopes to sell the properties by the spring, he said.
But in the meantime, he said he’s having fun creating Elmwood Social Club. The main section of the bar is dimly lit with red pendant lamps that hang over a standing bar. The space will seat about 25 at tables, and a back room with two-way mirrors overlooking the main bar will function as the cigar bar.
The Columbia location of Petit Louis isn't the only restaurant to close for a makeover in recent months. As restaurants approach a decade in business, many have found reinvention to bring a vital boost to business and forestall the prospect of closure.
Dehaene expects to carry at 100 varieties each of gin and vodka. The bar will also infuse vodka and gin with custom ingredients and store them in ice blocks containing the same ingredients in the infusion.