Downtown club headed for reopening

PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON—Chet Allen says Boomers could reopen at 436 Main St. as soon as October. Allen said he has had to deal with construction that was begun but never finished by a former tenant who tried but failed to open a high-end club, Six, in the building. Boomers has been closed since May 2010.

Jazz is coming back to Main Street this fall.

Boomers, 436 Main St., has been closed since May 2010 but could reopen as soon as the first part of October, according to owner Chet Allen.

There’s still some painting to be done, and some lighting and hardwood flooring to install. But the bar, which was gutted by a former tenant, is starting to take shape, he said.

Two bars downstairs and one upstairs have been lined in corrugated steel and soon will have black granite countertops. A stage has been built along the east wall of the bar, and the former stage on the west side of the building has been replaced by a seating area. An enclosed seating area has been built in the front of the building. The second story will host private parties of up to 130 people and has an open section overlooking the ground floor and is supported by large, wood beams.

Allen made some of his redesign decisions based on work that had been started but never finished by contractors working for Beau Bradley, who leased the building from Allen last summer, fall and winter. Bradley intended to open a high-end club called Six in the building, but he posted a sign on the front door in April announcing the club idea had been abandoned.

Allen said Bradley made some construction decisions without his permission and left the building in disrepair. Allen’s limited liability committee, LKG, is gearing up to sue Bradley and Six Nightclub & Lounge LLC for damages, legal fees, and delinquent rental, insurance, property tax and utility payments, Allen said.

A complaint Allen filed against his former tenant in March says, “(Allen) is entitled to recover from (Bradley) jointly and severally actual damages of no less than $420,000 plus three times the amount of the actual damages.” Dates for a suit to be heard are being determined, but Allen said a settlement may be reached before that time.

Allen said he would like Bradley to reach a settlement with people who worked on the Six project and have since filed liens against the building in an effort to get payment for their work. An engineer and a lumber company currently have liens against the building, Allen said.

Bradley did not return calls for comment Friday.

Regardless of what happens in court, Allen said he has tried to make the best of the situation by using some of the changes made in the building to create new spaces and a new look.


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