I've got to be careful about these headlines. With a name like Nadds, the possibilities for lewd puns are endless (see this previous blog post for more about that).
Last week, I took a tour of New Age Dine and Dance in Mount Vernon, and was shocked at what I saw.
The building that houses Nadds (227 W. Chase St.) is technically two spots in one. Until recently, the long-running gay bar Leon's was on one end and the dark, dingy Tyson's Place was on the other. A lounge connected the two.
You'd never recognize Tyson's Place now. It's much brighter, for one, and the walls are done in soft sea green tones.
The bar, with its flat screen TVs, is new. So is the stage, with the house piano, PA, guitar, bass and banjo. I can't think of another Baltimore bar with all those instruments just sitting there, waiting to be played.
"Somebody can just walk right in and play," said owner Ron Singer. "It's a lot different than what it was." ...
Singer bought the building after its previous owner, Bob Davies, passed away. Last week, Singer showed me the new couches in the lounge area between Tyson's and Leon's. Aside from a few new bar stools, not much has changed at Leon's -- yet.
Singer has great plans for Leon's, though. He wants to build a dance floor on the ground floor, a game room with a couple pool tables on the second floor, and a rooftop deck by next spring.
Nadds is open 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily, and has a packed weekly lineup. There is figure sketching on Mondays (complete with a model), indie film screenings on Tuesdays, spoken word followed by stand up comedy on Wednesdays, open mike on Thursdays, DJs on Fridays, rock 'n' roll on Saturdays and jazz on Sundays.
"Do I think it will work?," Singer said. "Yeah."