New Music Venue Campus Planned For Gainesville

Officials expect the venue to host about 100 concerts per year
B Entertainment Gainesville Rendering
Rendering: PRNewsfoto/Bourbon Brothers Presents, LLC.
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A Colorado-based company has plans to bring an over 30,000-square-foot music venue campus to downtown Gainesville.

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B Entertainment announced Thursday that it is in negotiations with the city of Gainesville to develop a 15,000-square-foot music venue directly across West Academy Street from Poultry Park. The plans also involve a 9,000-square-foot Bourbon Brothers Smokehouse and Tavern restaurant and 8,000-square-foot outdoor patio, according to the announcement.

“’We are planning to build a campus that fully compliments the historical architecture of the downtown square while also providing amenities only found in the world’s finest music and performance venues,” B Entertainment Chairman and CEO J.W. Roth said in a statement.

“We are excited to partner with the City of Gainesville to finalize our plan with the City over coming months and open in the first half of 2022.”

The company, which is the parent entity to several entertainment venues and restaurants including Bourbon Brothers, said it expects the new venue to host about 100 concerts per year.

Happening in conjunction with plans for the new music venue are the city’s plans to renovate Poultry Park, including with new parking.

Slated for 323 Broad St. SW, B Entertainment’s new venue and restaurant would be supplemented with a rooftop bourbon bar, and the collection of outdoor spaces would be focused around fireplaces.

A spokesperson for the city said Engine 209, a preserved train that has been at the site, is being incorporated into Midland at the intersection of Grove and Davis Streets, which is about a mile south of its longtime location.

The venue would rise alongside other commercial development plans in Gainesville. Solis Gainesville is an underway 223-unit project by developer Terwilliger Pappas at 110 Jesse Jewell Parkway SE, just two blocks east of Poultry Park.

Also nearby is 106 Spring St. SE, where Roddy Properties is developing Gainesville Renaissance, a 60,000-square-foot mixed-use project.

Dean Boerner

Dean Boerner is a California-based writer previously with Bisnow and the San Francisco Business Times. He received his bachelor's degree in economics and business from Saint Mary's College of California, where he also served as the editor-in-chief of The Collegian, the school's campus newspaper. Before that, he spent two years as the publication's sports editor, and he remains a committed fan, for better or worse, of his Sacramento Kings, San Francisco Giants, and Saint Mary's Gaels.

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