The former Green Room has been remade once more. St. Louis is the third venture to replace the bygone bar on the Main in Mile End. The last business to make a go of the space, Maison Sociale, was short-lived. The next gen social club opened in March 2015 with multiple purposes, and partners. Backed by the likes of Na'eem Adam and Thierry Rassam (the founders of La Poutine Week and Le Burger Week), restaurateur David Schmidt (Thazard, formerly Café Sardine), and Philip Tabah, founder of themainmtl.com blog, Maison Sociale aspired to be a café, cocktail bar, restaurant, community space, and radio lounge. An identity crisis, and conflict between owners over how to run the space contributed to the shutter, a source close to the project alleged.
Here comes St. Louis then, to take Maison Sociale's place. The space has undergone some changes, and feels more like a neighbourhood bar than before. A sandwich board spotted on the sidewalk outside the bar yesterday advertised two pints of Labatt 50 for $10. There's no social media presence for the bar just yet, but Eater has reached out to St. Louis's owners for more details — stay tuned.
Update, May 17, 2016: Maison Sociale's Facebook page has now transitioned to Taverne St. Louis. "Bar, DJ, Bouffe, Jeux, Creative Cocktails," trumpets the 'About' page. No hours have been posted yet, but the bar is definitely open.