Less than three months after the duo debuted on E Olive Way, an ownership shake-up is bumping out one of the creators behind Capitol Hill’s new the Social gay dance club and its joined-at-the-hip restaurant, EVO:
We’re going through some changes here at EVO. Starting tomorrow, ownership will transfer to The Social in an effort to unify the building.
As a result, we’ll be closing our doors tomorrow and reopening them in the near future with some exciting new features. All the staff here at EVO would like to thank you for coming in and enjoying our food and drinks these past several months. If you’d like to come show support for our fabulous bartenders and servers, we’ll be having a last hurrah tonight, with an extra special farewell trivia starting at 8.
EVO creator and now former owner Todd Nordahl tells CHS that the split has been in the work from almost the first weekend the club and restaurant were open.
“We realized that we were competing for the same dollar,” Nordahl said. “Originally it was just going to be one restaurant with their nightclub. We turned into much more of a lounge-y place.”
Nordahl said he hopes the Social’s Pterodactyl Group ownership including partners Laura Olson and Chris Pardo and investor Alex Garcia will re-open the space and keep many of the current employees.
For Nordahl, this second major episode Capitol Hill food and drink drama is enough. He says he intends to go back to the health care field, his career before taking the reins of the departed Rosebud before shuttering that longtime favorite. Nordahl said the situation at EVO has been a calm, calculated split and that there isn’t a likelihood of litigation related to the break-up.
For Olson and Pardo, the change marks another project undergoing significant changes this summer. Earlier, CHS reported on the exit of the partners from 12th Ave’s Manhtattan Drugs project. The steak house continues to operate as Manhattan. What comes next for EVO remains to be seen. Messages to Pterodactyl were answered by Olson who said a statement would be released to provide more information on the situation.
Meanwhile, another new Capitol Hill dance club is waiting in the wings and planning an early September debut. Q Capitol Hill has set a September 8th opening date and is starting its media tours any day now.