A four month hiatus! That’s a tough one to sustain. To get the people back in the door you must need a big promotion to the get word out. Apparently as soon as the word was out, however, the Cardinal partisans were out in force.
By 11:45, about 500 people had walked through the doors of the “new” Cardinal. A large crowd was bopping on the new wood dance floor, smooth and inviting (and a much-needed change from the tile flooring now buried underneath, which provided all the comfort and acoustics of dancing in a bathroom). The ancient disco balls are gone. The place feels new without losing any of its 35-plus-year history as a club.
Just like the Plaza, there is something eerily cult-like about the Cardinal:
That history was no more evident than in the diversity of the crowd, from early 20s to 60s. That’s a range of ages not often represented in Madison bars, where people tend to stick with their peers.
I have yet to have the pleasure. I will try to make my way over there ASAP for a bar review.