Some Lexington nightspots are having to make way for the new Centre Pointe Development. But there are big plans in the works to make Lexington's downtown an entertainment destination.
Developer Dudley Webb still must get final approval to begin demolishing the remaining buildings on the block where Centre Pointe
will go, but an entertainment era is definitely ending there.
The Dame will close it's doors for good in that Main Street location after Sunday's performances, and Buster's will have its going away party tonight.
Buster's co-owner Jessica Case says, "It's a lot of nostalgia. Everyone who comes here has been coming since college and now most of us are several years away from college so tonight will be just one last big party."
Case, an attorney who runs Buster's along with her lawyer husband, expresses confidence about the city's entertainment future. "I really think that we're going to see a concentration of our entertainment venues and an expansion, but I think it's going to make a lasting impact."
It looks like Victorian Square, another Webb development, will be one of the centerpieces of the new entertainment district. 3 new bars are set to open there over the 4th of July weekend, including the Chase, which occupies the space where Hutchinson's Drug Store used to be. Its co-owner, Chris Heflin, tells 27 NEWSFIRST, "This town is losing a lot of things we're going to miss, but it's making a lot of opportunities for some new folks to come in and alter the city in a positive way."
The other new establishments in Victorian Square are DaVassa, a Brazilian style bar which faces Triangle Park, and Lower 48 which will specialize in beer and music. Heflin says there's room for all, "Putting the bars and entertainment venues along the outside is something I think is going to bring people into Victorian Square and help out the retailers that are inside now and bolster this as a hot spot."
Buster's owners meanwhile are negotiating a lease at another downtown location.