A WELL-known Derry music venue has been taken over by the owners of a popular new restaurant in the city.
Mason’s Bar on Magazine Street is now under new management, it has been confirmed.
Neighbouring Brickwork restaurant taking on the lease and undertaking a refurbishment of the site.
The restaurant, which has only been open eight months, confirmed on Facebook the new addition to the Brickwork family.
“It’s 33 weeks ago to this very day that Brickwork opened and what a ride it has been. But things are now about to shift up a gear,” they said.
“We are so excited to announce that Brickwork is taking over the lease of our nearest neighbour and one of the City’s most iconic music venues – Masons Bar.
“We have exciting plans for Mason’s as it now joins the Brickwork family to give it that extra special Brickwork touch you have all come to know and love.”
Mason’s is a well-established venue for live music and entertainment and previously housed Derry’s only comedy club.
In a separate post on Facebook former Mason’s manager Billy Campbell confirmed he was ending his association with Mason’s after 11 years at the helm and thanked everyone for their support over the past decade.
The new management team at Mason’s has said it will be a “number of weeks” before the new bar is ready to open, but hopes work on refurbishment will be complete before Christmas.
Brickwork Derry opened on Castle Street back in March and has since become a popular eatery in the city.
The restaurant is owned by Damien McLaughlin, who has 24 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
Head chef is Shane McDermott, who learnt his trade under Noel McMeel at the Lough Erne Resort in Fermanagh.