Popular Elizabeth watering-hole Jackalope Jack’s won’t give way to apartments just yet, the restaurant said on Facebook Thursday.
The bar’s owner Rob Nixon said his business is confronting a perception issue about closing after news this week of a proposed rezoning for the location. Faison, a prominent Charlotte apartment developer, wants to rezone the property for a 200-unit apartment complex with 15,000 square feet of nonresidential space.
Nixon said he expects the bar to be open at least another 18 months and that public outcry over the bar’s demise is premature.
“I’ve been thinking about putting up signs that say ‘Going out of business: In three years,” he said.
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Nixon added that he plans to talk to the developer, Faison, next week and explore staying in the new building in a smaller footprint.
If not, Nixon said, he would move the bar to a location less than a mile away. He declined to say where. Faison declined to comment on the project’s timeline Friday.
The rezoning request is scheduled for a public hearing in September, before Charlotte City Council.