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A new bar with major music cred is opening by The Menil: Want to drink to Free Press?

A new bar with major music cred is opening by The Menil: Want to drink to Free Press?

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Like Free Press Houston's signature smart snark and the stiff drinks and good tunes at Fitzgerald's? Then you're in luck: Omar Afra (editor/publisher of the monthly paper) and Jagatjit "Jagi" Katial (owner of concert promoter Pegstar), the pair behind the highly-anticipated Free Press Summer Fest and the indie music venue, are opening a bar in Montrose. 

A TABC application was posted on April 20 at the former Sophia space (and before that, the home of longtime neighborhood fixture Café Artiste) at Mandell and West Main, just a block south of the Menil Collection. (Eater's Eric Sandler first reported the filing).

The applicant name — "Faustian Bargain" — gives little clue for what's in store, but the Free Press Summer Fest sticker tacked to the window might. According to CorporationWiki, the LLC is a joint operation between Afra, Katial and John So.

The guys aren't talking yet, but we'll keep an eye on the joint for further developments.