Art house pub The Moxie Live set to open DowntownWritten by Danielle Stanton | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Twenty-five years ago Aggie Alt had a vision: Open an art house pub — a place where artists can come together to appreciate their art and enjoy a beer to boot.
Now, at 50, Alt’s dream has finally become reality as The Moxie Live sets to open in mid-June at 1209 Adams St., the location of the “Toledo Loves Love” mural.
Although the exact date has not been set yet, soon the many artists of Toledo will have a place to gather, connect and appreciate art. Alt said her vision is filling a need in Toledo and will be a stop-gap to artists leaving the area for more “art-friendly” locales.
“There is so much talent around here that we lose [when they go elsewhere] and I think that is such a shame and I’d like for people to stay here and make a buck,” Alt said. “I think art is important to a city. It helps it grow and thrive and that’s been my concern to help those who are performers. [Now] people who appreciate art will have some place to come and see it and it will be local.”
Alt, who grew up in Toledo, got her undergraduate degree from the University of Toledo and her master’s degree in theater from Bowling Green State University. She said back then Toledo did not have any place for an artist to make a “decent buck.” To remedy that, she decided at age 25 she wanted to open the art house pub at its current location but she fell ill, she said, and her dream was dropped. Later, she owned a dinner theater in Virginia Beach.
The building’s owner, Manos Paschalis, owner of Manos Greek Restaurant at 1701 Adams St., encouraged Alt to dust off her dream and open the art house pub.
“Twenty-five years ago I tried to do the exact same concept in the same building, but I got sick. Manos owned the building way back when and he owns it once again and said the building is available once again. [The Moxie Live] would not have happened if he hadn’t [encouraged me]. He has given me a lot of help and support,” Alt said.
“It wasn’t only that she could do it, but it I thought [The Moxie Live] was a wonderful mix for Adams Street,” Paschalis said. “I think it will be an extra addition and increase more traffic to the area.”
Painters and photographers will have their pictures on the wall, Alt said. She will have print art for sale. It will be a casual place for artists to show and sell their work.
“We’re going to have musicians, live theater, poetry readings and anything to do with the arts,” Alt said. “It’s almost like an art hangout.”
While guests soak in the ambiance of the art, they will be able to munch on ambrosia salad, deviled eggs and pizza with crust made in-house by the local All Crumbs Artisan Bakery. The kitchen is not a full-service kitchen, but to compensate Alt said she is trying to stock locally made products.
Alt recently got her liquor license approved and The Moxie Live will offer a full bar, she said.
“The beer we are carrying will be some basics, some locals, some crafts, but I am not sure of specifics yet,” Alt said. “We will also have some wines as well as fun cocktails.”
Alt recently got married for the first time and said her husband is very handy. They, along with several volunteers, renovated the inside of the building and painted the outside. She agreed it was a “labor of love.”
“As corny as it sounds, it was a labor of love,” she said. “It’s been a lot of work and fun.”
Alt said she wants her art house pub to be a place for artists to come and have fun. It’s not a “high falutin’” place, she said, but a down-to-earth atmosphere that offers respect and admiration for artists.
“It’s just a place for everybody to hang out and show the world what a great place (Toledo) is,” she said. “There’s just so much talent in this area. It’s crazy how much talent is here.”
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