The couple is in the midst of a complete remodel. A new roof was added to the building about a year ago.
Instead of a bar atmosphere leaning toward hip-hop, the owners are hoping to establish a softer, laid-back vibe where people can relax after work.
Guests can expect themed entertainment nights featuring jazz, karaoke and open mic. There will also be local food trucks on site and a full bar with cocktails and nonalcoholic beverages.
“This is a chance for the community to come together,” Johnna said. “We don’t really have a lot on this side of our community — not a lot is offered. We want people to know this is a safe haven for you to come to.”
The couple previously operated a night-to-night, lounge-type atmosphere at Ruts Eatery, once located at 100 N. James H McGee Blvd. They recalled having a large turnout with a variety of ages.
Johnna notably teaches at Miami Valley Child Development Centers (MVCDC). Demeeckus, a barber, owns F2D Cutz.
“It definitely feels great to open up something for the community because growing up here I always saw different people do different things, and at that time, I wasn’t able to do it,” Demeeckus said. “Now being able to do it — and have a good support system to do it — just feels great.”
Big Motion Lounge plans to open daily starting mid-evening with a last call around 12:30 a.m.