MJQ Concourse owner sheds light on extensive interior remodel
Has dim lighting and vibrantly painted walls allowed MJQ Concourse, Atlanta’s 14-year-old subterranean nightclub, go without renovation?
“Paint here and there” account for the club’s only remodeling since opening in 1997, according to Ben Rhoades, owner of MJQ (lipstick on a pig only goes so far).
Perhaps the leaking roof alerted Rhoades that major renovations for the Ponce de Leon Avenue nightclub were in order.
“We’ve torn the place apart,” Rhoades told What Now Atlanta in an interview Monday.
A “roofing system” has been built to stop the leaking water from the road above and the ceiling now looks like “an eighteenth century watch with wooden gears,” according to Rhoades.
The 5,000-square-foot underground club’s renovations will mostly consist of the new ceiling, seating, stage, DJ booth and bathroom, he said.
The current bar — which has an “uneven glow” — will be replaced by a new glowing bar made from poured plastic and embedded lights.
“The new bar will be the last thing we do,” Rhoades said, noting he hopes the club will have it’s new look completed by December.
“It’s difficult to do because the club is still open during the renovations.”
(Photo credit: Creative Loafing)
736 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306