This weekend the HG Lodge is throwing its final parties before it closes its doors for good. Proprietor Marcus Lalario says he's tired of the nightclub game, "I've been been doing it for 15-20 years now. I tried to get out before the War Room, but didn't, and now it's just the right time."
He says he's a grown more interested in the restaurant business via his other interests in Li'l Woody's and Captain Blacks. Lalario intends to remodel the building as 95 Slide (named after Ken Griffey Jr's slide into home to beat the Yankees in the 1995 AL Division Series), a restaurant/sports bar with "a strong emphasis on quality food."
He expects the restaurant to open later this spring, at an unspecified date. "The Hill needs a legitimate sports bar. We want a comfortable spot that looks good, has great food, and is a fun hangout, even when there isn't a sporting event."
The final event parties will be the return of 2080s—a weekly night that took place in the building's former War Room incarnation, and for which I used to be a shitty bus boy—on Friday. DJ Scene is flying in from Las Vegas to join Fourcolorzack for the classic lineup. Then Saturday is the final installment of Good Saturday, at least at that location.
Lalario has owned the lease on the 722 East Pike property for years, during which it's seen numerous businesses come and go, including the Hunter Gatherer Lodge, the War Room, Bleu, the Beat Box, and probably a bunch of other stuff I'm forgetting. When asked how the proposed developments on the block might affect his plans, he said simply, "Well, I've got a long lease, so they're going to have to buy me out."