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Demolition crew damages Glenwood South jazz bar

Posted October 7, 2014

— Crews demolishing an office building in Raleigh's Glenwood South district Tuesday morning damaged a neighboring jazz bar.

It happened shortly after 10 a.m. when a wall crashed through C. Grace Cocktail Bar, at 407 Glenwood Ave.

"I didn't know what had happened. It was really scary. Our whole building shook," said Lynn Snow, who was working at a nearby coffee shop at the time.

She went outside, she said, and found bricks and steel beams falling on top of the bar.

No one was injured, but C. Grace owner, Katrina Godwin, said the fall left a gaping hole over one of the bathrooms and a food prep area. A damaged water line caused flooding throughout the business.

The bar, Godwin said, will be closed for at least several days but that it could reopen by the weekend.

William Robertson, superintendent for Choate Construction Co., said he is still trying to find out what went wrong.

Crews began demolition last week on the office building to make way for a 6-story luxury apartment building at the corner of Glenwood and West North Street.


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  • Jim Frei Oct 7, 2014
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    Its a shame they're demolishing that building. It was designed by and built for Ezra Meir & Assoc in the late '60s. It had a unique modernist design which made it look like it was floating above its foundation. I worked for ol' Ezra from 1978 to 1982.

  • 123skipjack Oct 7, 2014

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  • NoRespect Oct 7, 2014

    I would think Choate Construction would be liable for all damages, including loss of income due to the bar not being able to open.

  • Douglass Davis Oct 7, 2014
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    I like this spot. It's a nice classy place to take a date.

  • Pepe Silvia Oct 7, 2014

    Glad no one was hurt. C. Grace is a great bar! It is literally the only reason I'd even step foot on Glenwood South after about 8pm on the weekend.

  • USMC Vet Oct 7, 2014

    "William Robertson, superintendent for Choate Construction Co., said he is still trying to find out what went wrong."

    And setting up crews to repair all the damage I hope too. The business owner shouldn't have to pay one dime for anything Choate damaged. And with the obvious negligence or poor planning in this, thank God no one was hurt.

  • Joe Corey Oct 7, 2014
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    That is one of the nicer bars in Raleigh. Way to ruin my evening plans.

  • Jeff Freuler Oct 7, 2014
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    It must be a VERY slow day in the newsroom