Now that word is out that Somerville is going to be losing Johnny D’s (RIP) come early 2016, you can stifle your loss-of-live-music-venue angst by knowing that Thunder Road is about to come to life in the old Radio space just outside Union Square in Somerville.
For months now, the Thunder Road team have had their hands full power washing graffiti off the brick in the 1930s Radio space, hand-building the entire new upstairs bar, and making sure the new PA system is killer and befitting of the forthcoming 250-300 person space (early reports: it is). Be sure to note the subterranean “Walnut Room” for a refuge during live shows, as well as a space for themed events (in the works: video game nights).
General Manager Dan Millen says that they’ll soon be doing some soft opening parties, and then kicking off the first night of business and music on Aug 1. They’re going for a “rock and roll bistro thing,” so think jalapeno burgers, artisan flatbreads, quinoa-stuffed avocados with bacon jam, and a dish called the Kerouac, named for the author’s favorite dinner (read: a steak and a shot of booze). Most of the taps will be a lineup of local craft beers (Harpoon, Mayflower, Slumbrew). And PBR in cans.
Because of course.
THUNDER ROAD. SLATED TO OPEN AUG 1. 379 SOMERVILLE AVE., SOMERVILLE. THUNDERROADCLUB.COM
Dan is a freelance journalist and has written for publications including Vice, Esquire, the Daily Beast, Fast Company, Pacific Standard, MEL, Leafly, Thrillist, and DigBoston.