By Sarah Horner
Updated: 01/19/2011 12:09:13 AM CST
Myth Nightclub may see another day.
After the club closed in the summer of 2009, a new tenant has moved into the Maplewood venue with plans to reopen the space as a nightclub, according to Karen Guilfoile, director of citizen services for Maplewood.
Mike Miranowski, the Shoreview resident leasing the space, said his plans are still in the early stages, but that if things go accordingly, the venue soon will resemble its former self.
Myth operated as a suburban megaclub from 2004 to 2009, hosting a variety of concerts and other entertainment events including national touring acts. It closed after its owners ran into financial trouble.
“If at all possible, it’s going to have very similar events to what it had in the past,” Miranowski said, “but until things are closed, signed, sealed and delivered, I am not interested in making any other comments.”
The club closed in 2009 after its founder, Michael Ogren, ran into significant financial trouble. Ogren since has been charged with theft by fraud and swindle in connection with the club and plagued by lawsuits accusing him of failing to pay lenders money loaned to him to operate Myth.
Ogren could not be reached for comment.
Miranowski’s next move is to acquire a liquor license for the building, which is at 3090 Southlawn Drive. The Maplewood City Council is scheduled to vote on the request Monday.
Guilfoile said city staff are planning to recommend granting the license to Miranowski, who said he has been in the bar business for the past 20 years.
“There was nothing found in his background check that would prohibit him from holding a liquor license,” Guilfoile said.
City council member John Nephew said he thinks it’s likely the council will approve the license.
“Regardless of what anyone thinks about a nightclub, if you meet the requirements, we give the license, because that’s how it works,” he said.
Nephew added he thinks the reopening would be good for Maplewood.
“As a city, I would rather not have a big, empty building in prime commercial territory,” Nephew said. “I think a well-run nightclub can be an asset to the city.”
Miranowski would not reveal his next step should the license be approved, but Guilfoile said she thinks he’d like to move quickly.
“From what I’ve heard, he’d like things to open as soon as possible,” she said.