Finally, an update on the huge entertainment venue that could transform lower South End

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A new development is set to kick off soon in South End, reusing a former warehouse in the industrial-turned-entertainment district: Queen Park Social.

Located on Yancey Road, across from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Great Wagon Road Distilling Company and Sugar Creek Brewing, the new venue totals 18,000 square feet in a warehouse that dates to 1962. Roby Commercial has been selected as the general contractor for the project.

The development will include a bar and restaurant, outdoor seating, a live music stage, private rooms for events, 10-pin string bowling, life-sized board games and shuffleboard. Charlotte City Council approved the site’s rezoning in February. A company affiliated with owners Joe Lariscy and Reid Olsen bought the property last year for $1.4 million, real estate records show.

“Our vision is a place that stresses social interaction over social media,” said Lariscy. “At Queen Park Social, friends old, new and not-yet-met will gather and connect. We’ll accomplish that through a flavor-filled selection of food and drinks, a variety of games that surprise and delight, and providing exceptional personal service that will redefine what going out for a good time means.”

The development will feature the original Queen Park Cinema sign that used to stand above South Boulevard over what’s now the Scaleybark light rail station.

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Roby Commercial plans to start work immediately on the space and complete the project in early 2017.

“Creating Queen Park Social will combine our expertise in renovating historic buildings for new and unique uses with attention to detail and commitment to excellent craftsmanship,” said Matt Young, general manager and director of business development for Roby Commercial, in a statement. “When it is complete, Queen Park Social is going to be a modern environment that pays homage to and celebrates simpler times.”

Photos: Corey Inscoe; Historic Charlotte

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