Originally created 09/26/03

Wine and dine



What do you get when you combine a former jewelry store and magic shop with warehouse space? Room 9, the newest nightclub on Broad Street.

Renovations began earlier in September at 913 Broad St., a small storefront next to WAGT-TV (Channel 26) that will be transformed into a classic cocktail lounge. The club, founded by David Fort, Edd Lansford and Rett McBride, is slated to open in mid-December.

"My research showed people wanted something that was going to be dark, quiet and focused on premium drinks," Mr. Lansford said. "All the juices are going to be hand-squeezed, and we're also bringing back traditional tiki drinks."

When finished, the club will incorporate the old jewelry store/magic shop as an entrance hallway to the warehouse space, which will be the lounge. With 2,460 square feet, Mr. Lansford expects it will accommodate about 100 patrons.

"Our goal is to make the lounge reminiscent of late '50s, early '60s martini lounges," he said. " All the elements that made the cocktail scene successful, we're incorporating into it."

The average price of a drink at Room 9 will be $6. Fellow Broad Street nightclub Modjeska is Room 9's most obvious competition, but Mr. Lansford said the lounge will be a quieter environment. Plans have been in the works for about a year, as the three partners have handled everything from permits to decor.

"We're thinking of bringing in a traditional lounge singer, but that's still in the planning stages," he said.

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