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Goodbye, Cosmos. Hello, NorthEnd Station at Sixth and College

Before the Music Factory or the EpiCentre, Cosmos Cafe established Sixth and College as the entertainment district of uptown. After more than 18 years, it closed earlier this month.

08/24/99 LIne outside Cosmos Cafe on a Saturday night. Andy Kastanas, kingpin of the downtown bar scene in Mythos. Kastanas, a sometime DJ, has built a network of clubs and bars that have been packing in the crowds for years. He owns Mythos, Cosmos, and Salamandra along with a few partners. Kastanas has been a vital part behind the scenes for reviving downtown, organizing festivals, street parties, and giving people a reason to come downtown after dark. STEPHANIE GRACE LIM

Now we have an idea of what will replace it.

A new set of owners have taken the building, which sits next to the Seventh Street light rail station, and rebranded it as “NorthEnd Station.”

A trio made up of architect and developer David Furman and local real estate professionals Jon Dixon and Aaron Ligon paid $9.35 million for the property, according to the Observer’s Ely Portillo.

Details on “NorthEnd Station.”

– BAR Charlotte will stay open at the site.

– The owners have signed leases with two new tenants that plan to renovate the rest of the space and open soon — like first quarter of this year soon.

– The property totals 33,000 square feet.

– This is another example of developers trying to connect with the north side of uptown and taking advantage of the light rail extension. (Think First Ward Park, new NoDa Brewing.)

Rendering: Risden McElroy. Photo: Charlotte Observer file.