The Room in Mt. Vernon is Closing After Tonight

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Tonight’s Halloween bash at The Room in Mt. Vernon will be the café’s last.

Owner Andre Mazelin, hired this summer to be the new managing director of BARCO’s Motor House, wrote in a Facebook post on Friday that after three years, the time has come for his spot on 800 St. Paul Street.

“We have had the distinct pleasure of serving over 22,000 orders and meeting many of you along the way. Together, we have played, jammed, discussed, laughed, cried, rallied and provided space for community. What a sweet, rollercoaster of a ride it’s been! We will close our doors for the last time on Halloween night, and hope that you will join us for one final party.”

Mazelin opened The Room in November 2014, taking over a basement space that previously housed Red Emma’s before it moved up to Station North. In addition to serving customers fair trade coffee and tea, local beer, wine and food, the spot was designed to be a creative hub that hosted events (usually free) geared toward creatives, such as open mics, listening parties and speaking series.

It was designed to be a place where you can “make it what you want,“ he told Baltimore Fishbowl in September. “My passion was that this was a cool space and I wanted to do some cool music here.”

While he previously said he planned to remain hands-on with The Room while juggling his new responsibilities at Motor House, on Friday Mazelin wrote that he’s decided to revert all of his attention to the former Load of Fun space that’s been revamped by BARCO.

“Now the platform that I am able to provide has gotten larger, and its potential reach farther,” he wrote..

He’s planning to bring some of the coffee shop’s staff aboard at Motor House, which has opened a new restaurant, bar and performance space on the street level dubbed Showroom.

Tonight’s farewell celebration will begin with a screening of “Vampire in Brooklyn” at 7 p.m., followed by  a comedy open mic starting at 8:30 p.m., and then a party with music and drinks. Click here to RSVP.

If you can’t attend, Mazelin said he still hopes you’ll come by Motor House up at 120 W. North Avenue.

“Though we are closing shop in Mt. Vernon, the same great vibe, and some of our staff will be moving to North Ave, so please, don’t be a stranger,” he wrote. “We will miss you, and would love to see you.”

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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