August 15, 2012 by Sarah M
//By Jeremy Zoss//
A new neighborhood café and music venue is coming to the Warehouse District by mid-September. Owner Ben Hill said the restaurant will likely be called The Belmore. The new venture will take over the former home of City Billiards, 25 4th St. N.
The Belmore will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, with nearly everything made in-house from scratch. Hill said The Belmore will likely offer fresh cookies and a variety of breakfast pastries, pizzas, sandwiches and more.
“Kind of like a fancy diner, that’s what we want to call it,” said Hill. “Fancy bar food slash hippy food.”
Hill said the restaurant will seat about 40 and offer both dine-in and deli-style options. He said they plan to sell coffee and breakfast and lunch sandwiches to go. They are shooting for a very relaxed feeling that brings in residents rather than the weekend Warehouse District party crowd.
“We just want to be a cool hangout for the neighborhood,” said Hill.
The Belmore will feature live music, but the venue is taking a very different path than others in the area. The Belmore will host small-scale concerts on weekends only, with a maximum capacity of around 300.
“Right around 300 is a good kind of number,” said Hill. “There are not a lot of places of that size.”
Update: This story originally implied that former Nick and Eddie owner Doug Anderson is a co-owner of The Belmore. That is incorrect. Anderson is consulting with Ben Hill on the opening of the business. The Journal regrets the error.