To hear the men of MilkBoy tell it, running multiple production studios while managing the opening of a restaurant and bar on South Street has got them knackered.
But as partners Tommy Joyner and Jamie Lokoff put the finishing touches on their new spot on the corner of Fourth and South streets, they want to make one thing clear.
"MilkBoy is a music and entertainment company first," says Joyner, noting its recording studio on North Seventh Street, its production of local filmmakers Don Argott and Sheena Joyce's 2015 Slow Learners comedy and an "art house" project in partnership with the University of Maryland.
"The venues and how they operate are an extension of that brand and our high standards,how friendly we are,” says Joyner. “You can always expect a high-five from us, whether it's across a bar or before a microphone stand. "
He might be exhausted, but Joyner perks up when discussing Milkboy South, the new bar/restaurant and live music venue set to open June 15 on South Street.
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As excited as he is, he points out that the new joint will not replace Milkboy North, the mega-successful live music venue and restaurant at 11th and Chestnut streets.
"Chestnut Street is here to stay, despite the building being sold," says Joyner, who adds that the property's owner and landlord set up Joyner and Lokoff with a new 15-year lease. For Joyner, South Street is very much like Chestnut Street was back in 2011 when they opened there. "Do we like taking risks?" Joyner laughs. "Remember what that corner of Chestnut was before we got there? There was nothing; a dead zone. Everyone thought we were crazy. Same when we began looking at the corner of Fourth and South."