Billiards coming to West Village
West End Billiards: Owners of Durham’s West End Wine Bar are now looking to move forward on a once-stalled plan to open a billiards room with indoor bocce ball courts in the downtown West Village development.
The pool hall is planned to open in 3,704 square feet in the Walker Warehouse of West Village. Located at 605 W. Main St., the building is currently the home of the Durham wine bar, clothing boutique Magpie and the Amtrak station.
West End Billiards has been envisioned since at least 2010. Kevin Eastin, one of the owners of West End Wine Bar in Durham, said the project was stalled due to issues between the former West Village owners and their investors.
The original partnership behind the redevelopment of the former Liggett Group tobacco warehouses into apartments, business and office space included former Duke University basketball players Christian Laettner and Brian Davis.
Claims of money owned by the Laettner and Davis were pursued by banks, other professional athletes and investors in the courts.
The first phase of West Village was sold to the Maryland-based firm Federal Capital Partners. And after making a $5 million investment, Federal Capital also took control of the second phase.
Eastin said that process to sell West Village was a long one, but the company has now signed a new lease with the new landlord. They’re targeting a fall opening of West End Billiards.
“The current design is looking like it will have eight pool tables and two indoor bocce ball courts,” he said. “It will have a mezzanine for private events and darts.”
“Where’s Waldo?” and local businesses: Twenty-five local businesses and organizations are expected to participate in a program offering prizes to customers who find figurines of Waldo. Waldo is the children’s book character from the series by Martin Handford.
To be held in July, the program is hosted by The Regulator Bookshop and the independent business alliance Sustain-a-Bull. Participants who find figures will get a chance to win items such as stickers, gift certificates, and T-shirts.
To participate, customers must pick up a passport at The Regulator on Ninth Street. Passports will be available starting June 25. Starting July 1, customers will be able to visit businesses and get passports stamped or signed for Waldos spotted.
The first 100 Waldo-seekers to get passports stamped or signed at 10 or more sites can bring their passports back to the Regulator to collect prizes.
Participants who collect stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will get a chance to be entered into drawing to be held July 31.
There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for all of July. For information, visit www.sustainabull.org.
Dishcrawl: Four downtown Durham restaurants are slated to participate in a Dishcrawl event to be held July 10.
Participants who buy tickets for the event will pay for samples of specials at the four restaurants as well as a chance to meet the chefs or owners.
The participating restaurants haven’t been announced yet, but they’re all planned to be within walking distance of downtown Durham’s Five Points.
The event will be held starting at 7 p.m. July 10. Tickets are $45 before tax and do not include beverages.
As of noon on Friday, there were 24 tickets left, according to the website http://www.dishcrawl.com/durhamnc/.
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