Progressive Urban Real Estate announced today that the Velvet Tango Room has hit the market. The storied westside craft cocktail lounge opened in 1996.
The asking price: $2.75 million, and that includes "the building, fixtures, furnishings, licenses, business and trademarked name."
We've reached out to owner and founder Paulius Nasvytis for more information.
In 2003, Scene
opened up a sizable expense account for our reporters to learn about the spirit of the VTR. The resulting story is a timeless piece of cocktail journalism
, and an important addition to archive of Cleveland's history of excellent drinks.
Meanwhile, from the realtor's listing:
Walking through its doors you are uncertain for just a moment. Have you slipped through some portal in time? Are you IN that film noir movie playing on the black and white TV? The filtered sunlight coming through the slatted venetian blinds creates shadows that play across faces, the sultry vocals of Billie Holiday or Keely Smith playing softly below the laughter and conversations of patrons. The music is as much a part of the magic as any other thread in the fabric Paulius has woven. He has long supported live music on the two Baby Grand pianos in the establishment.