A century-old SoHo fixture that’s been shuttered for nearly three years is once again open for business.
The Victoria Tavern on South Street begins a new chapter Friday thanks to new owner Mike Small.
“I’d driven by it for years and saw it closed. I’d played here when I was a kid and I grew up coming here, used to watch Rev. Freddie on Sundays here,” says Small.
“It broke my heart to see it closed and I figured if somebody didn’t do something with it it’d get razzed and become another parking lot. So I took the opportunity to jump on it. It’s been a lot of hard work but it’s all paid off and she’s looking good.”
Small took possession in November and has been working ever since to get the building up to code and ready to showcase local musicians.
I wanted to present another venue for musicians in the city so we put in a stage, a sound system and everything. So we’ve put in a new live, another live venue for the city just so we can get the live, local acts, get them exposure. We have a lot of talented musicians in this city and we have very, very few live music venues so that was really the driving force behind it.”
The Victoria Tavern is roughly 100 years old, operating as a pub for the majority of its lifespan but before Friday, had been closed since mid-2013.
The Vic opens at 4 p.m. Friday and will celebrate opening night with singer Annie Moniz at 8 p.m., followed by Hiroshima Hearts, with The Honeyrunners closing the show.