Less than three months after Tanya Davis opened a Vegas lounge and bar to bring some of Sin City’s dazzle to Broad Ripple, she has added another Las Vegas-themed venue to the local scene, this one in Fort Benjamin Harrison. Is.
Her new MGM Lounge & Bar, a partnership with her younger sister Jaquita Savage, occupies a location that is 9105 E. Eddie’s Sports Pub was on 56th St.
The sisters bought the business in mid-August.
The bar came with a customer who frequents it for a game of pool and lunch of Philly cheesesticks, jalapeo poppers, wings and fries.
MGM Vegas Lounge, 723 N. Not quite as wide as Broad Ripple Avenue, with its chandeliers and expensive shots of cognac—Davis spent about $350,000 preparing the space.
But, the new owners will decorate the loft space; Painting, updating bar tops, replacing furniture, and installing industrial lighting.
“We’re going to feel that game; but it’ll be like you’re in a casino,” Davis said. “We want to spice it up a little bit.”
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A new menu is in the works, which Davis calls Fusion Bar Food. He has plans to boil seafood with shrimp and sausage. Meanwhile, Savage is excited to add dishes like Chili Cheese Fries and Chicken Nachos that were popular at GQ’s Grill, which they operated until a few years ago.
Both sisters own childcare and healthcare companies.
Savage said that Davis reached out to her to join the project after starting work at the Vegas lounge.
“I thought it would be a great experience for me; and it just went from that point on. Now I own a bar!” Savage said.
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While remaining a sports pub, the 6,000-square-foot space will offer a wide assortment of entertainment.
Savage and Davis immediately started a mechanical bull riding competition.
And they’re now casting for the monthly “The Dating Game”-type live show. Winners will receive gift cards for the dates.
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While she was building the lounge at Broad Ripple, Davis began looking for another Vegas Strip-themed location; Realizing that people locked down by the coronavirus pandemic were eager to go back to restaurants and clubs.
“I want to be able to bring it to every part of town,” she said. “We’ve been in the house for years. The pandemic is not taking its name to stop. I want to make it where people can come out and enjoy.”
MGM, 9105 E. 56th St., 317-661-3939, is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week.
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