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Wood­land, who also owns Wood­lands Tav­ern and Wood­lands Back­yard, and part­ner Ed Hastie bought the Park Street com­plex from Jeff Corso in 2013. Soon af­ter, Wood­land heard about the planned re­de­vel­op­ment of the prop­erty.

He isn’t bit­ter. The busi­nesses did well, and he has had time to no­tify the 50 or so em­ploy­ees at the com­plex of what was hap­pen­ing. He will, how­ever, miss the mu­sic venue that was de­vel­oped at Sa­loon.

“I’m a lit­tle bummed that we’re not go­ing to have Sa­loon,” Wood­land said. “We will be leav­ing a void in the city.”

He’s hop­ing to re-cre­ate the venue else­where.

“We’ve talked about find­ing a space to fa­cil­i­tate an 800 to 1,200 per­son ca­pac­ity venue,” he said. “We will be look­ing for that over the next year.”

In ad­di­tion to the bars, the 30,000-square­foot com­plex in­cludes res­tau­rants and dance floors, all of which are con­nected.

It long served as a hub of nightlife in the area around the North Mar­ket, but over time, Arena Dis­trict and Short North de­vel­op­ment has crept in all around it.

He said it was no sur­prise when Con­ti­nen­tal Real Es­tate Cos. an­nounced in 2015 its plans to de­velop an eight-story AC ho­tel on the site.

Con­ti­nen­tal is ex­pected to break ground on the project soon and fin­ish con­struc­tion some­time in 2019. Con­ti­nen­tal’s David Kass did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

Even the North Mar­ket an­nounced plans ear­lier this year to build a more than 30-story tall tower on its park­ing lot.

Wood­land is mov­ing on to new projects. He plans to put an air dome over the vol­ley­ball courts at Wood­lands Back­yard in Oc­to­ber to al­low the pop­u­lar recre­ation leagues to oper­ate year round. The dome would be re­moved dur­ing warmer months.

“It will do re­ally well for us,” Wood­land said. “We are go­ing to have our hands full with the sports dome, and we might bring some sort of mu­sic el­e­ment into that.”

As for find­ing new homes for the bars at the Park Street com­plex, that’s not go­ing to hap­pen. Wood­land said those spots were unique and can’t be repli­cated. And while he will look for a way to bring the con­cept of Sa­loon to an­other place in the city, he isn’t hope­ful.

“It is crazy right now, with the de­vel­op­ment in the city, to find an eco­nom­i­cally vi­able space,” Wood­land said of the con­cert hall. “It has to be big, and you have to have the park­ing for it. That’s why Park Street was per­fect.”


Park Street Pa­tio is one of three bars in a com­plex near the North Mar­ket that will have a fi­nal bash Saturday be­fore clos­ing to make way for con­struc­tion of a ho­tel and of­fice build­ing.

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