About this project
The Minneapolis Riverfront on St. Anthony Main is a jewel on the Mississippi River. We want to keep re-energizing our neighborhood with a new concept bar/restaurant in the space formerly occupied by Kikugawa restaurant. Our idea? A modern-day saloon with creative drinks, delicious food, a year-round patio, and a great stage for live local music and entertainment.
Its full name is Mattie St. Clair’s House of Spirits on Main Street, but you can call it Mattie's on Main for short.
Who Are We?
We're Dean Schlaak and Tom DeGree, owners of the Wilde Roast Cafe (which is right next door to the new Mattie's space) along with our longtime friend and business partner Brian Gilligan. We're working with noted restaurant design firm Smart Associates to design a space that's warm and inviting.
Who is this Mattie St. Clair character?
The bar is named after Mattie St. Clair (well, that was one of her aliases), a well-known madam and brothel owner in Minneapolis in the late 1800s, whose brothel was located near this site. We're not condoning prostitution, obviously; we're celebrating the rich and colorful history of Minneapolis, and using it as inspiration for the design, menu, drinks and more. We'll be compiling more info about Ms. St. Clair (arrest records! a struggle over hot diamonds!) and adding it to our website soon.
What is our vision and goals?
Renovation of the 5860 square foot space has already begun, and we are aiming for an opening date in the spring of 2014.
We want to create a place where it’s easy to enjoy the company of friends, and make new ones. The year-round patio will have great views of the Mississippi River and downtown Minneapolis. Our aim is to serve as a comfortable neighborhood gathering space with quality food and entertainment. We’re excited to be working with Smart Associates to create a space that is warm, welcoming, and with just maybe a hint of naughtiness from the bar’s namesake.
Mattie’s on Main will feature a full liquor bar, 16 local beers on tap, and signature craft cocktails. In addition, the bar will feature upscale pub food, unique appetizers, adult shakes, and signature desserts from the Wilde Roast Cafe Pastry Chef Jeff Christianson. The performance stage area of the restaurant will provide space for live music acts, local performers, and themed events.
The money we raise on Kickstarter will help us upgrade the customer experience at Mattie’s, bringing an even more charming and unique atmosphere to our customers. Our vision for the space includes upgrading the existing atrium into a year round patio with an open air feel and installing the best sound system available.
Year ‘Round Patio
Outdoor dining is very popular in the Twin Cities, but our warm weather season is grossly short. At Mattie’s, we want to leverage the benefits of our extensive atrium space to extend the patio season for our guests. Part of our vision is to install functioning windows/doors in the atrium that will allow Mattie’s guests to get the full benefit of patio dining in the summer, and summer-like dining throughout the year. Working with an historic building, the Mattie’s team will need to maintain the character of the building and charm of the neighborhood. This will add additional, unexpected costs, but we refuse to cut any corners when renovating the atrium into a year ‘round patio.
Music and Entertainment System
There are just not enough spaces in the Twin Cities that offer an intimate but high-quality entertainment venue. We want our performers to look great and sound great, and we want our guests to enjoy every second of their hard work. A reputation of diverse musical experiences coupled with incredible food and cocktails is the goal of Mattie’s management team. We want to be known as a place where everyone feels comfortable coming on a regular basis to experience new artists along with tried and true favorites.
One of the key elements to becoming a great music venue is to invest in a high quality sound system that is fully integrated and provides consistent, excellent sound throughout the space. We’ve all visited venues with inferior sound systems, and know that an evening can be ruined for both the performers and the audience if the sound and lights are substandard. This will not be the case at Mattie’s! We have been working with some of the Twin Cities’ premier sound designers to develop and install a state of the art sound and light system for Mattie’s. We currently have estimates for 3 systems that we refer to as “Good” “Better” and “Best” - all of these systems meet our objectives, but the “Better” and “Best” plans are more expensive than expected. With the success of this Kickstarter campaign, we will be able to investing the “Best” option and install the most impressive system possible.
And so much more...
In addition to helping with the upgrades above, using Kickstarter is a great way for us to get the word out to the community, our customers and future performers about Mattie’s. Additionally, we're offering some amazing perks that will only be available through this Kickstarter campaign that will enhance your experience at Mattie’s and hopefully keep you coming back for more!
Please review the Kickstarter rewards at the right and choose something that is meaningful to you. If there is an experience you're interested in that we didn't list, feel free to contact us and we will put together a custom experience for you. Also, please feek free to TELL YOUR FRIENDS about us. Word of mouth is one of the best tools available for new businesses. As a friend of Mattie's on Main, we hope you will tell your friends about our venture and the opportunity for them to participate in our Kickstarter Campaign. Your support right now can really help Mattie's on Main be one of the best entertainment restaurants in the Cities.
Thank you in advance for your support. We look forward to seeing you at the Grand Opening event!
Risks and challenges
The bulk of the challenge has been met... we've got the space secured and construction is underway. Our goal is to open in spring of 2014, but any construction project is subject to delays. Everyone who backs this project will receive updates on the progress of our new building and photos of Mattie's on Main coming together, making you the first to know all the latest news about our construction and opening. We've built out commercial spaces before with the Wilde Roast Cafe's two different locations, so we are confident that we'll be able to take on any challenges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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