Dinner House M is closing in June (the hipster apocalypse is nigh)
According to a headline on its website, Dinner House M, the Japanese jazz lounge seemingly ripped from Michael Mann’s most vivid fantasies of a location for a shootout scene, is closing June 8.
Founded in 1987 by the jazz singer Miki Saito and her sister Maya, the Historic Filipinotown club had became a favorite prowling ground for nightlife vampires and the neighborhood’s musician-industrial-complex for its surreal '80s-noir mirror décor, off-the-grid location and, shall we say unorthodox entry policies. Miki worked the door with a mix of neighborhood bonhomie and occasional cutting disapproval (which side you got generally depended on how late you were trying to get in).
And while it routinely presented jazz performances in the earlier hours, on late nights the club hosted some surprisingly ambitious DJs (we fondly remember a stint when Ashland Mines from the late, lamented Wildness spun deconstructed dance music on Wednesdays and booker Jennifer Tefft of the Satellite spun girl-group pop and old r&b jams).
-- August Brown
Photo: Dinner House M. Credit: Dinner House M via Facebook