Jazz lounge proposed at old Narragansett Bay Insurance property

Jazz lounge proposed at old Narragansett Bay Insurance property

PAWTUCKET – One of the first proposed uses from the new owners of the expansive old Narragansett Bay Insurance Company property at 233 Main St. is for a new jazz and soul lounge and restaurant.

Timerante Andreozzi, a man with extensive experience managing establishments in Providence over the years, presented his plans for a lounge called The Central as he sought a liquor license before the City Council last week, saying he wants to create an “entertainment environment for adults,” pairing good music with soul food.

Andreozzi, of 560 Mineral Spring Ave. in Pawtucket, said he has 20 years of experience in the business. He said he’s managed and run most of the clubs in Providence, as well as Vibe Lounge in Pawtucket, but none really serve adults in this kind of way.

He said he plans to incorporate jazz and soul from the 1930s to 1950s, as well as rhythm and blues. He said he wants this to be the central live music location for adults around Rhode Island, hence the name.

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Core Collaboratives, the company owned by Leslie Moore, the developer behind the Still on Main mini mall across from where The Central would be, purchased the NBIC property in September.

Moore told The Breeze over the summer that she planned to partner with the Dream Collaborative, an architecture firm in Boston, and the Institute for Entrepreneurship in Providence on the purchase and redevelopment of the 45,000-square-foot NBIC property located at 217 Main St. and 25 Maple St. The city’s tax database states that the purchase was for $866,000.

Moore and her partners are developing a sort of “Black Block” on Main Street where entrepreneurs of color can grow their businesses together.

Councilor Tim Rudd, whose District 6 runs along the NBIC side of Main St., asked Andreozzi about his plans and his previous involvement at the troubled Club Loft in Providence. Andreozzi said the Loft “spiraled out of control” after becoming a “go-go bar.”

On whether he’ll hire security in Pawtucket, he said he really doesn’t think he’ll need “hip-hop security,” saying he expects a different clientele. He said he might hire a “floor guy” to take care of issues if anything gets out of hand.

At Rudd’s request, the council postponed action on the application until its next meeting, as Rudd said he wanted to meet with Andreozzi to get more details.

Andreozzi indicated that he was previously looking at another spot on East Avenue over the line in Councilor John Barry’s District 4, but subsequently landed on the Main Street location.

Barry later told The Breeze that he told Andreozzi that he might have some issues between his proposed business and residents at Towers East on East Avenue.

Andreozzi says he plans to offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, with lunch sold from noon to 4 and “soul food” sold at night. He said he expects to have four chefs, two hosts, three bartenders and perhaps a doorman.