New Mt. Vernon Lounge E-Villa to open this Fall
Red Maple will have some competition this Fall. A new lounge is expected to open in Mt. Vernon in September, said its owner.
E-Villa, located at 917 Cathedral St., a block away from Red Maple and City Cafe, will be "a lounge with dancing," said owner Harold Edwards.
He said it's modeled after Washington's Marvin's.
The two-floor bar, which Edwards said holds around 150 people, will be open five times a week and have nightly DJs, or at least that's the plan so far.
It will also have a menu that's a combination of Latin and Ethiopian food.
The property, which Edwards said used to be a bar called Gaslight, has been in disrepair since the 80s. "Horrific" is how Edwards described it.
He said he bought it a couple of years ago, and has been slowly renovating it.
He's stripped the walls, and removed thousands of pounds of plaster and old wood. He also added some woodwork and polished the bar's arched doorways. Some of the architecture in place - like its two bars - is being refurbished.
The plan is to open the first weekend after Labor Day, Edwards said.
Some features are still in the works. For instance, he wants to add four draft lines. The cost of the menu has also not been set.
Edwards said prices for cocktails are expected to be around $10 and between $3-$5 for beers. During happy hour, he anticipates two-for-one cocktail specials.