Photo by Richard Tsong-Taatarii.
Guess who’s back? Myth, the giant suburban club that opened with so much promise in 2005 only to close in 2009, has a new owner.
On Monday, the Maplewood city council approved a liquor license for Mike Miranowski, who has taken over the lease at the 40,000 square-foot nightclub space. The club closed in August 2009 after a rocky financial spat between owner Michael Ogren and investor Steven Sadowski.
Karen Guilfoile, Maplewood’s director of citizen services, said the building’s new tenant plans to return the club to its original concept: big concerts and weekly dance nights. Miranowski wasn’t available for comment. No word yet on who will be booking the bands.
The liquor license was approved with several conditions. Guilfoile said Maplewood police will do several unannounced compliance checks during the club’s first year in operation. The club also needs to secure a bevy of new parking spaces. It currently has 371, which would allow for just over 1,000 patrons inside. Guilfoile said Miranowski is trying to work something out with the neighboring mall parking lot. The club’s capacity allows for more than 4,000 people. Miranowski also will have to meet with Maplewood’s police chief to discuss crime issues. The old Myth had its fair share of problems, including a shooting on the night of a Lil Wayne concert.
“We don’t want the business to be a drain on our public safety,” Guilfoile said. “But we also don’t want a big empty building sitting there. We wish them well.”
Guilfoile said Miranowski has told her he wants to open as soon as possible, but doesn't have a firm date yet. She said Miranowski was a former “upper level” employee at Myth and has 20 years of experience in the bar business.
Stay tuned for more updates on Myth's future.