New cafe, bar and performance space coming to Motor House

Motor House, the artist incubator space in Station North, will add a cafe, bar and performance venue this fall.

Dubbed Showroom, the 2,800-square-foot space is on track to open in October at 120 W. North Ave. As its name suggests, the cafe is moving into a space that was previously a Ford car showroom.

Showroom will offer comfort food for breakfast and lunch, with street food, cocktails and local beers in the evenings. Menu items include hot pressed sandwiches like brisket and egg sandwiches on sourdough or Peruvian chicken with fried plantains and chile crema on ciabatta; and salads such as house-smoked salmon belly with green apples, pickled onion and horseradish cream, or spicy seared tuna with zucchini noodles, egg and soy miso vinaigrette.

For dinner, executive chef Daniel Horwitz will offer bolsitas (tacos in a bag), with options such as the Jammin Bolsita (spicy pork shoulder stew with coconut milk and scotch bonnet chile, served over plantain chips with pickled carrot and mango salsa) and the Proper Bolsita (English-style braised beef shortribs served over kettle potato chips with horseradish dill dressing).

Showroom will seat about 70 guests between bar stools and tables.

The bar and restaurant will include a DJ booth built into the bar and a stage with professional audio and lighting equipment to host live music.

“It’s so exciting to think of what this corner will look like in a few months with a lively arts cafe spilling out onto North Avenue,” Andre Mazelin, Motor House’s managing director, said in a statement. “We are proud to bring a new food option to the neighborhood, and the street food concept that Daniel has envisioned will fit well with our programming and the larger neighborhood vibe.”

Owned by the nonprofit developer BARCO, the 25,000-square-foot Motor House includes 14 artist studios, space for seven nonprofit arts organizations, a gallery and performance venue.

Showroom will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight Friday and 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday.


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