Mohawk Place, the famed gritty bar and live music venue, is about to reopen under new ownership.
It will return under a slightly different name: Buffalo’s Mohawk Place. New owner Richard Platt said he aims to have the venue open by mid-August, as he finalizes approvals from the city.
Mohawk Place, at 47 E. Mohawk St., closed in early 2013. For about two decades, it was a home for original music and touring bands from the alt-country, indie rock, punk and roots music scenes. Among the touring acts to play there during its run were the White Stripes, the Black Keys and Sam Roberts.
Platt said he has made some improvements to the place, including new floors and a new back bar, but he tried to keep the look as close as possible to what people remember about the old Mohawk. As far as the musical offerings, Platt is promising “the same and more” as before, including more rockabilly, Americana and blues.
“What a great property to just acquire with the all the development and happenings in downtown Buffalo,” said Platt, who also owns the neighboring Electric Avenue bar.
A post on the new establishment’s Web page puts it another way: “Conveniently located downtown, we’re in the middle of the bustling central business district. But that doesn’t mean we can’t rock and roll all night long.”
Platt credits his father, also named Richard, with helping him throughout the process of bringing the old Mohawk back to life. Platt declined to say how much investment he had poured into the project. County property records show he acquired the building last year for $229,495.
During its run, Mohawk Place had a loyal following. Peter Perrone was the longtime owner before selling it in 2009. Perrone died earlier this year, and a tribute to him was recently held in the Town Ballroom.
Platt said he is well aware of the legacy he is carrying on by reopening the establishment. In fact, he says reviving the Mohawk will help fill a void created by the closing of several live-music venues in recent years. “People need a place to play,” he said.