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Proposed event space to be constructed in between Midway and Ethyl & Tank

Proposed event space to be constructed in between Midway and Ethyl & Tank

Sav McKee

Like a lot of us, Midway and Ethyl & Tank barely survived the pandemic, according to A&R Creative Group, the minds behind these two iconic campus bars.

They’ve adapted, they’ve obliged, and now, they’re expanding – hopefully, at least. I wish we could say the same about ourselves, but hey, we’re trying!

A&R group recently proposed a 7,000 square-foot event space that would be constructed in the parking lot between the two bars on 13th avenue. “It’s intended to cater the increasing demands from students, faculty, guests, and community partners to gather and celebrate with each other,” said A&R Creative Group. “The need for an inclusive and affordable event space has been particularly high in the campus area.”

Rendering via University District Review Board

Many student groups have tried holding events at either Midway or Ethyl & Tank, and they’ve been denied requests due to space limitations. With this new event space smack dab in the middle of the two bars, A&R is hoping more diverse groups can gather together. The first floor, as well as the rooftop, will be available for student organizations and charities to host private and public events.


If approved by the University District Review Board, this new space is also aiming to reduce the ongoing crowding and noise issue around the 13th Avenue Block as well as improving safety in the area. Normal business hours are proposed to be Monday-Thursday, 3pm-12am, Friday-Saturday, 12pm-2am, and Sunday, 12pm-10pm.

The University District Review Board meeting on October 4th didn’t approve the new event space right away. They showed concerns, specifically that it would bring about more noise, but after an hour-long discussion, they stated that A&R will have to come back with more solutions to their proposed concerns in next month’s meeting.   

“It will be your nightmare if you don’t get the problem solved,” said one member of The Board.

We’re excited to see the future of this parking lot. Will it remain a space for block parties, or transform into a more sophisticated event space? Hopefully we find out soon.

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