Planned Mid City bar reveals name, concept before summer opening

    The planned Mid City neighborhood bar moving into the former Collective space has gotten a name—Pelican to Mars—and a target mid-summer opening.

    The neighborhood, pet-friendly concept—owned by Hayride Scandal’s Remi de Matteo, Robyn Andermann and brothers Lance and Scott Paddock—was green-lit by the Metro Council in March after months of planning.

    Renovations to the former art gallery will begin in the next few weeks, says de Matteo, adding an explanation of the bar’s ambiguous name “will coincide with the opening.”

    Once complete, the 1,650-square-foot space will feature opened garage doors, a mid-century inspired living room and a large-scale version of a home bar, with tap rows for 34 beers, six wines and various cocktails, that will spill out onto a covered patio with a grill for hot dogs and hamburgers. There will also be bike racks outside.

    Cocktails will include not only Tiki-inspired drinks, but also Stingers, Gibsons and Grasshoppers, as well as blended Cuban-style daiquiris and punches.

    Business owners told the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance they plan to host pop-up events and vendors throughout the year, as well as a food truck on a rotating basis, depending on availability and demand. They said they’re also considering serving daily coffee and offering Sunday brunch.

    While hours have yet to be determined, Pelican to Mars will be open seven days a week.

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