Union Square rock club and restaurant Thunder Road isn’t yet close to opening, but its initial identity is starting to take shape. In September, the proposed live music venue and eatery led by Dan Millen and Charles Abelacquired a liquor and entertainment license to operate in the former Radio rock club space, and demolition and construction has been ongoing over the past several weeks.
Today, the owners gave a glimpse of how the club will fit into the neighborhood, releasing four architect renderings that show off a relocated front door (moved to the side of the building), a large open-air window area along Somerville Avenue, and some pretty snazzy pink and blue signage.
Certainly a lot can change between now and whenever Thunder Road opens, but these renderings are starting to show what’s in store for the live music room that used to be called Radio.
After opening in October 2011 in a space that was known as Club Choices, Radio closed for good in November of last year after an electrical fire also set off the sprinkler system and caused significant water damage to the building’s ground floor and basement level. Over the summer, it was revealed that Millen of Rock On Concerts was a partner in a new company, Chelsea-based Chuckmaster Entertainment, looking to relaunch the space as Thunder Road, and has since going through the permitting process with the city of Somerville. Millen is currently booking shows at Church, the Middle East, and other area rock clubs.
There is no timetable set for Thunder Road’s opening.