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Three Park Street Bars Closing This Weekend

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The Park Street area will soon lose a sizable portion of its nightlife appeal with the upcoming closure of three of its popular bars. Park Street Patio, Park Street Saloon and The Social Room will be hosting a final three-day going-away celebration this coming Thursday, Friday and Saturday before going dark for good.

The closure should come as little surprise to those who have been following development news. Plans were unveiled two years ago that would see the transformation of the entire block into an eight-story hotel and office development proposed by Continental Realty and Concept Equity. Those plans were revised in 2016 to incorporate some of the facades of the existing buildings into the design of the new development.

“We’ve been kind of living in this purgatory state for two years,” explained Ed Hastie, co-owner of Six Buddies LLC, the parent company of the three bar venues. “In the past month we’ve been able to finalize things and give our staff some warning.”

Hastie, along with co-owner Jimmy Woodland, acquired the three bars in 2013 from original owner Chris Corso, but have no plans to relocate the concepts to new homes.

“It would be hard to do,” he explained. “Park Street Saloon is essentially an 800-person concert venue, and Patio would be a hard place to replicate. We haven’t really had any shows at Woodland’s Backyard in the past several years, so from time to time we’ll be doing more shows there that are too big for Woodland’s Tavern.”

The duo have additional plans at Woodland’s Backyard for 2018, which includes the installation of a seasonal inflatable dome that would allow for year-round sand volleyball.

During this weekend’s going-away party, The Social Room will open early at 7pm with DJs starting at 8:30pm. There will also be an OSU football viewing party on Saturday night during the game.

Hotel and office development partner Chris Corso of Concept Equity stated that demolition and construction is expected to begin on the site within the next month.

For more information, visit www.woodlandsproductions.com.

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