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<br />New club on Beale Street getting set for debut

Vernon Johnson Sr. was keeping the name close to the vest on Wednesday night, but he said it is true that he is a key player in a club that soon will open on Beale Street. Vernon Johnson Sr. was keeping the name close to the vest on Wednesday night, but he said it is true that he is a key player in a club that soon will open on Beale Street.

The players include Johnson, his son Vernon Johnson Jr., and Beale Street Walk of Fame entertainer Preston Shannon, a legendary guitarist and blues singer.

“It’s going to be a jazz and blues club,” said Johnson.

The venue will be 340 Beale Street in the old Red Rooster club, across from the even older Club Royale.

“Some time in May,” said Johnson in response to when the club would open.

“We’re going to try and reach everybody,” he said, with the emphasis on “grown folks.”

The club would feature “live” music.

“We have an upstairs and downstairs. Preston is going to be upstairs,” said Johnson.

Opening such a club has been a venture that he has wanted to undertake for some time, said Johnson, who many know in connection to his bail bondsman history and as a political operative.

Johnson said he could not comment on how much money would be invested in the new enterprise. The club would require some renovation, but not that much, he said.

“Enough to open your eye,” said Johnson.

Lunch and dinner would be served, said Johnson, adding that the operators had not come to a conclusion on the number of days the club would be open.

Shannon said he could not say much about the venture, directing inquiries to Johnson.

“He’s the main man,” said Shannon.

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