Until it closed last year, sophisticated diners enjoyed a continental repast at the New French Restaurant, 128 N. 4th St. In May, the ghosts will flee as the space becomes home to heavy-metal music.
Urban Wildlife co-owner and former New French next-door neighbor Jimmy Shadler says his new music club -- tentatively named City Club ("after the beer") -- won't just feature head-banging: "It's anywhere from cellists for Wells Fargo to heavy-metal," he said.
Shadler plans to create a three-storefront complex on the corner of 2nd Avenue North and North 4th Street anchored by the 14-year-old Urban Wildlife, 331 2nd Ave. N. In addition to City Club on the 2nd Street side, the former New French Bar on 2nd Avenue will become a still-unnamed martini/wine bar. Each facility will have separate entrances, and Urban Wildlife will remain unchanged.
"We'll have the largest outdoor patio in the city with the best sunsets," promised Shadler -- even though Bastille Day people-watching will be a thing of the past.