New bar to transform Lismore CBD warehouse

A BAND of young Lismore movers-and-shakers are putting everything on the line to turn an industrial warehouse into a 'music bar cafe'.

The development is based in Woodlark Street and aims to 'evolve the cultural landscape of Lismore'.

Co-director of The Dusty Attic Music Bar and Cafe, musician Kate Stroud, stated the bar was a 'massive project', in the venture's first Facebook post on Thursday.

THE 29-year old singer-songwriter has banded together with David Andreas, 32, Emily Read, 21, and Phil Reed, 32, to lease 149 Woodlark Street, the old Lismore whitegoods shops near the Dawson Street roundabout.

 

Dusty Attic live music venue:
Dusty Attic live music venue:

They have engaged a town planner to lodge a DA for the 320sq m space which will initially include a cafe in the glass-fronted shop space area.

Eventually they hope to transform the huge timber warehouse with two mezzanines, complete with industrial winches and hooks, into a bar and live music venue.

The cafe, which would only serve light food, would need a minimal fit-out.

Front of the Dusty Attic music bar and café concept.
Front of the Dusty Attic music bar and café concept.

They have made inquiries into obtaining a liquor licence.

"At this stage it's about building a community," Ms Stroud said.

"I'm from Perth where there is a great music and listening venues. I suppose I know what there isn't in Lismore."

Ms Stroud said the venue would fill a massive gap for a dedicated pokies-free music venue.

Musician Kate Stroud has big plans for the music scene in Lismore.
Musician Kate Stroud has big plans for the music scene in Lismore. Melissa Gulbin

"It creates a space for touring and international acts to come to Lismore. At the moment they bypass us and just go to Byron,' she said.

On a Facebook post, Ms Stroud said the bar would be 'establishing a vibrant wonderland, offering a unique community space that brings quality music and supports all that is magical about this creative region.

"We are busting to share each step of the establishing journey with this epic little community. Stay tuned folks.

"This has been a long time coming," Ms Stroud said.

GRAND PLANS: Plans to renovate warehouse into a live music venue
GRAND PLANS: Plans to renovate warehouse into a live music venue

A cool bar revolution?

WHEN it comes to Lismore's night life, it seems if it doesn't rain it pours.

Lismore has been a latecomer to the small bar and live music renaissance experienced recently in inner city Melbourne and Sydney.

But the Dusty Attic crew aren't the only musical entrepreneurs looking to revitalise Lismore pokie-free night-life.

A pair of local musicians have submitted a DA for a late nigt tapas bar on Woodlark street. Consent is pending.