EpiCentre’s Mez To Close At End Of The Month

EpiCentre’s Mez To Close At End Of The Month

Monday, January 14, 2013

Mez, located in Charlotte’s Epicentre complex, has announced they will be closing their doors on January 27th.

Mez announced the closing Monday morning on their Facebook page: “We are very sad to announce today that Mez will be closing its doors on Jan 27th. We want to thank everyone who has supported us over the last 4 years! Please come out and support our restaurant, movie theater and night club over the next 2 weeks. Look for a new movie concept to replace Mez Feb 2013. Thanks again for an amazing 4 years!”

The club’s last event, a farewell party that is open to the public, is scheduled for Saturday night. They will officially close at the end of Charlotte Restaurant Week - Sunday, January 27th.

A spokesman with Carolina PR, the public-relations firm representing Mez, says talks are in the works with a new tenant, which he identified as a company from outside the local market. An announcement of the new tenant is expected within two weeks.

It is unclear whether the Mez closure is tied to last summer’s ownership change at the EpiCentre development.

In February 2012, EpiCentre developer Afshin Ghazi agreed to pay $1.5 million toward creditor claims in a sealed settlement in federal bankruptcy court. The settlement forced him to transfer ownership of the property, including EpiCentre Theaters, Mez and Kazba nightclub, to Blue Air 2010 LLC. Blue Air, led by Goud Stephan, Paul Picarazzi and Geoffrey Curme, took over in June.

Blue Air acquired EpiCentre’s $93.9 million debt after buying the construction note for the complex from Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE:RF) in November 2010.

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