I was on my way to a much needed haircut at Bourbon and Bows, above the 331 Club, when we noticed paint and construction happening in the former Modern Cafe space. It turns out the restaurant space was purchased by Jon Oulman, who is very familiar with and in the neighborhood as owner of the 331 Club, along with his son Jarret and their business partner Joshua Mandelman. The trio also own Amsterdam Bar & Hall and Como Dockside.
The retro guts of the Modern Cafe appear to be staying intact but the Oulmans have been rearranging booths and preparing the space for reopening as the Sheridan Room, serving Midwestern Americana seven days a week. There will also be a full-service cocktail bar.
The official word is “opening by the end of the year.” The unofficial gossip is November 15th.