For a long time, the old Weeks-Allen Motors building has been one of the more intriguing real estate plays in downtown Durham, with on-site parking, Alivia's-style big garage doors, and a funky shape making it a much-rumored site for everything from restaurants to the Durham Central Market food co-op.
There's plenty of other action happening in the vicinity, from Common Ground green building supplies and Cross-Fit Durham to Fullsteam Brewery under construction across the street, and with Manbites Dog Theatre and Claymakers just down the street, along with the under-renovation King's Sandwich Shop.
And now, you can add music and nightlife to the picture. BCR has learned that there is at last a modern use planned for the building at the corner of Geer and Rigsbee downtown.
Word is there's a pending bar/club set to open in the Weeks-Allen building, possibly as early as late spring/early summer.
The club is rumored to be known as "The Geer," with one of the bookers behind downtown Raleigh's popular Tir na nOg Irish pub and bar reported to be involved.
Not much more to go on at this point -- but the principals behind the new site have a blog set up (bullcitygroup.com) along with the Twitter account @DurhamMusic. Follow those to learn the latest about the project as we know it, too. You'll be in good company; many of the area's hot local bands, from Megafaun to The Beast to Future Kings of Nowhere are all followers, as is Indy music wag Grayson Currin.
(Image courtesy Gary Kueber's Endangered Durham web site.)