UPDATED — Wink Hartman Sr. has decided on plans for his former Bella Donna restaurant space.
In July, Hartman told Have You Heard? he was working on a new concept for the space, which sits back from Webb Road just south of 21st Street.
He’s opening the Lake Side Club, a $20-a-month private club that will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week.
Sort of like the long-standing Candle Club near 13th and Woodlawn?
“Well, I don’t like to look at it that way,” Hartman says.
“It’s a country club atmosphere that doesn’t include a pool, tennis or golf.”
Why do it?
“Because I own a building. I need to put it into productivity.”
Why private, though?
“There’s such a need for people in the midrange, say, 35, 45, those types of people.”
Hartman says people in that age group may be married couples who don’t have the time or money for golfing at a country club.
“But they would still like to have an environment where they’re somewhat exclusive, where they’ll see their friends.”