The site of The Pavilion has been bought.
The site of the legendary Cork music venue and bar The Pavilion has been purchased by publican Benny McCabe and his brother Leo, according to a report in the Irish Examiner. The venue’s listing on MyHome.ie confirms that the property has been sold for €1.3million.
The Pavilion, once the venue for a surprise Kanye West gig in 2009, shut its doors in 2014 and was transformed into a restaurant, Pana, while Dali nightclub operated on the second floor.
In refreshing news, the Carey’s Lane-based building is not being knocked, nor turned into high-price accommodation, or even a hotel. Indeed, McCabe has said that he intends to return the spot to its former glory as a cinema, albeit one with table service and cocktails and on offer. Live music and performance art has also been promised.
Earlier this year, rumours went around that the venue was being considered for purchase by the JD Wetherspoon franchise.
Mr. McCabe already owns a host of other popular bars across Cork, including the Rising Sons Brewery, Bodega, Crane Lane, Mutton Lane, The Oval, The Vicarstown Bar and Sin É.
There is no opening date mooted yet for the venue, although Mr. McCabe has said he is hopeful it will be up and running by the Cork Jazz Festival, which will take place towards the end of October.
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