Micah Blatt hopes the combined bar and art gallery he’s opening on Fourth Avenue will put a little bit of money in the pockets of local artists.
Mr. Head’s Art Gallery and Bar is a joint venture between Blatt and his father, David Blatt. It will fill a vacant space and patio that stretches from 509 N. Fourth Ave. to the younger Blatt’s other business, Fathead Glass, at 513 N. Fourth Ave.
Blatt said he turned glassblowing into a living by starting Fathead Glass four years ago. Now he wants to help other artists do the same through the new bar and gallery.
He won’t take a commission on artwork sold there, and he’s designing it so art in all mediums can be showcased. He'll also hold regular art walks to help draw attention to other downtown galleries.
“The inspiration for doing the bar was to give other artists a chance to make a living doing what they love,” says Blatt. “The business plan was built around building a fail-safe art gallery.”
Mr. Head's will feature a 40-foot, curvaceous glass bar that will double as a display case. The walls will be lined with art by local artists, and televisions will allow for screenings of locally produced films.
Blatt says Mr. Head's will also have the largest food selection on Fourth Avenue, although it doesn’t even have a kitchen. He's worked out deals to serve items from Chocolate Iguana, Lindy’s on Fourth, Magpies Pizza, Delectables and World Wide Wrappers. Patrons will order at the bar, and a runner will put the order in, pick it up and deliver it.
As for the bar: Expect 20 beers on tap, beer and wine.
Blatt said he's also renovating the patio area and fixing up the surrounding landscaping.
Mr. Head’s is expected to open in November.