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September 11, 2009

Iguana Cantina to reopen as mist

clubbin styleIguana Cantina, the large-scale downtown club at Lombard Street and Market Place which closed in early July, will reopen as mist in the near future, organizers said.

The space is being renovated and re-themed right now. mist (the "m" is intentionally lowercase) will have new tiling, a paint job and a new dance floor, according to consultant Jim Temple, who owns Bourbon Street.

Temple said the building is getting "a real, real big face lift," aimed at attracting a crowd that's slightly older than Iguana Cantina's. ...

When owner Tim Bennett closed Iguana Cantina in July, he had plans to reopen it as an upscale rum bar called Mojito's. But when I called Bennett today, he said he'd been bought out by his business partner, Dave Adams. So much for that idea.

Temple said they're going to cordon off a section of the building to make mist a more intimate space. The section will be unused at first, but could later be turned into a lounge area.

(Baltimore Sun archive photo)

 


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:25 PM | | Comments (18)
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I give it 6 months and this place is closed. Most of Power Plants Clientelle is college kids and people right out of college. I dont think many of them would go to a place like this.

I think the name "Velveeta" would work.

So what is their concept? It sounds most inauspicious to open soon without some sort of concept other than "be older".

it sounds like the old case of the bait and switch "oh yeah..sure sure..we'll open a nice ultra lounge something to attract the right type of crowd downtown.We've got our permits?? SUPRISE Mutha Suckers... tonight Girlz Gone Wild Part III.. wet t-shirt contest tomorrow.. and $1 coronas for everyone..HAHAHAHAHA

Booooo to pretentiously spelled or punctuated names. (I'm looking at you Three...)

Yawn. Another lame club with a life span of 6 months. Why do these people even bother? Invest in something else. Must be ego. They fell important that people go to their club and want to join their inner circle.

LOL, yeah Three ... really sabotaged themselves with that name. It was practically invisible when you tried to Google it. Maybe they will open a new place called "The?" or "Is!" or "(restaurant)".

Aw Crap!!!! I was looking forward to the upscale rum bar. Guess I'll be at either Joe Squared or my local liquor store more and more.

Ze Germans are going to love that name.

Turkish: No, Tommy. There's a gun in your trousers. What's a gun doing in your trousers?
Tommy: It's for protection.
Turkish: Protection from what? "Zee Germans"?

Ah yes, my inspiration - a classic movie with a great soundtrack. Who wants to go to a bar called Dung? Oh, I mean dung. I just giggled like a school girl.

Despite what many of the comments here, for what it was, Iguana was a huge success. It lasted several years, and during the course of its existence the owners made a significant profit. Certainly it had numerous drawbacks, the awful crowd, the violence from the awful crowd, and the general rabble and disorder caused in the immediate vicinity from the awful crowd.

Despite all of these deficiencies the establishment lasted for several years and was often full to the brim, with the awful crowd.

I imagine that mist will do much the same. I'll likely never go there, nor will any of my friends, but I'm sure lots of other people will and the owners will do quite well for themselves.

And regarding the bait and switch, they've had the permits and due to their political connections will always likely have the permits.

So this is run by the guy who runs Burbon St.? I can't see anything coming into that space and NOT being Baja's or...Iguana Cantina.
I give it a shelf life of 6 mo. Unless they move the Girls Gone Wild IV to PP Live area. Then the spot will be hoppin'! (With college aged kids and sloppy drunk folks)

When I open my club it's going to be called Umlaut. Watch the German supermodels flock to it. It will be spelled:

ʇnɐןɯn

Now submit to the will of the Umlaut UberLounge – vee vill crush your puny ultra-lounges like marzipan puppet-peoples!

I wish I would have saw this earlier! I rode by Iguana on the way to Sonar for a concert last week & saw the whole face of the club was changed & there was nobody standing outside of it (for once). That was something that's never happened! I'm a little dissapointed because I've never been to Iguana, but I'm sure if it steps its game up a little, it could possibly be a huge success. Since it's purpose is to draw an older crowd, I think that's a market that's lacking in Baltimore & "Mist" has the possiblity of becoming as popular as the college clubs.

Move over Bourbon, Momma's gotta party too!

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I went to club Mist this past weekend and it reminded me a lot of Mosaic, but with worse DJs. The worst part about the club is that they will make you wait outside in the cold to draw attention to the club and make it look like the place is packed, pathetic. If you treat your customers like sh*t you won't last long, business 101. This place will never last.

THIS IS A BLOG ABOUT HOW MIST IS A JOKE. ALL THE HYPE THAT THE CLUB HAS BEEN MAKING IS A TOTAL JOKE. I WILL NEVER SET FOOT IN THERE AGAIN AND I SUGGEST THAT NO ONE ELSE DOES TOO. SAVE YOUR MONEY AND GO SOMEWHERE CLASSY. I WANTED TO TRY IT OUT FOR NYE AND I WAS DISAPPOINTED ALL AROUND. I SPENT MAYBE THIRTY MINUTES OF THAT CRAP AND LEFT. THE STAFF IS RUDE, UNEDUCATED, UNPROFESSIONAL AND INAPPROPRIATE. I BROUGHT VIP TICKETS TO THIS EVENT AND IT DIDN'T MATTER AT ALL, WE HAD TO STAND WITH PEOPLE THAT BROUGHT REGULAR TICKETS. VIP THAT'S A JOKE. THEN WE WERE BEING SHOVED AND ELBOWED BY THE BOUNCERS. YES I WAS ELBOWED IN THE FACE. THE BOUNCER ACTUALLY PUSHED ME INTO THE CLUB. THERE WAS NO CHECK OF TICKETS, HE GRABBED IT FROM ME AND RIPPED IT, DIDN'T EVEN LOOK AT IT AND NO ID CHECK EITHER, THE PERSON AT THE FRONT DESK WHO WAS SUPPOSE TO GIVE US BRACELETS JUST WALKED AWAY, THIS WAS SUPPOSE TO BE FOR OUR "VIP- SUSHI" HAHA EVERYONE WAS AT THE SUSHI TABLE. I COULD OF BROUGHT STANDARD TICKETS AND GOTTEN SUSHI, WOW WHAT A WAIST OF MONEY AND TIME. PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THIS CLUB, THERE ARE BETTER MORE ORGANIZED CLUBS IN BALTIMORE. JUST WALK ACROSS THE STREET.

Keola, indoor voice please. Hint: if you want someone to read what you wrote, don't use all caps and break it up into paragraphs. Otherwise it looks like the rant of a maniac (even if it isn't)

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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