A craft brewery chain has finally signed a lease for the former Blind Tiger Club a year after it closed following noise complaints from neighbours.
But now the lease is signed, it hopes to open at the Grand Parade site this summer after an extensive refurbishment.
Stephen Hogan of BrewDog commented: “We are hugely excited to finally acquire a Brighton venue as we have been looking here for some time.
“Brighton’s cool independent vibe along with a growing craft beer scene makes it an incredible place for us to open a new bar.”
The site has laid empty since May last year when its owners pulled the plug after being served with a noise abatement notice following complaints from several neighbours.
They said this effectively meant it could no longer operate as a music venue.
A council officer who measured noise in the flat above the stage said it was the worst noise nuisance they had ever encountered.
The flats above the venue were created after developers Sigma Estates secured planning permission to convert the space above the venue, which was then Hector’s House, in 2000.
Two flats were created with a roof extension, with a third converted from the upstairs toilets.
The property was leased by leisure property specialists Fleurets. Kate Dowd of Fleurets said: “With the lack of sites coming to the market in the city, particularly leaseholds that are free of tie, we are extremely pleased to have secured this site for BrewDog.”
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