Uncertain future for staple Auckland venue
Auckland music venue the Kings Arms Tavern looks set to fall victim to the city’s rampant push for property developments.
The 19th century pub that has played host to major international acts such as the White Stripes and The Black Keys, and helped launch the careers of many Kiwi acts, could make way for apartments after being listed for sale under a mixed use property zone.
The sale was advertised on Saturday following months of speculation it would be redeveloped.
Owner and publican of 25 years Maureen Gordon said it wasn’t necessarily the death knell for the venue, with a slim chance the new buyer may keep it open and build on the surrounding land.
‘‘I feel very sad about it,’’ she said. ‘‘We’re very reluctant to walk way from the music scene but overheads and expenses are pretty high. Rates and all those things come into it. And it‘s very valuable land that’s sitting there.’’
The building and land covers 2,112 square metres at 57 – 59 France St in the inner suburb of Newton.
It’s been zoned as a mixed use, meaning it could be redeveloped for residential or commercial purposes.
Don McGlashan, right, has performed at the Kings Arms many times over the years.