Sale Prompts Rebranding Of Downtown Nightspot
After 10 years situated at the intersection of Second and Cherry streets in Jamestown, The Q is changing hands and brands under new ownership.
Buck Kramer of Warren, Pa., recently announced that he has purchased the 104 W. Second St. bar and entertainment venue from its previous owner, Justin Lindell, and will be reopening the establishment under a new name: The Chadakoin Club. Kramer will be assisted in the operation of the business by Deb Yoakum, who will be handling marketing and event coordination.
“This is something (Deb) and I have been talking about for years,” Kramer said. “I’m a drummer and both of us love live music, and were wanting a place where we could make that a main focal point.”
“So when Justin put (The Q) up for sale earlier this year, the timing felt right and we decided to go for it,” Kramer continued. “It’s a great location, and there’s really no place in Jamestown that offers live country, blues and rock music all together. So that’s what we want to do.”
Lindell, who previously told The Post-Journal that the timing was also right for him to move on to other ventures, said he is happy to give the space over to capable hands.
“The Q was a big part of my life for the last 10 years,” he said. “At the end of it all I have lined up a few opportunities that allow me more time with my family and could help me be even more involved in helping the community as a whole. I may not own The Q anymore, but I’m not going to be far away. I will continue to give back to the community and help those in need. I love this little city and am excited to see where the new changes bring it. I wish the best to Buck and Deb in their future with The Chadakoin Club and hope to see everyone there when they reopen.”
The duo are both interested in historic Jamestown photos and the role the Chadakoin River has played in the city’s history, and decided to incorporate that into the name and logo of their new business. Additionally, Kramer said he wants to make some historic wallpaper to put inside the dining area comprised of vintage Jamestown photos that feature the Chadakoin.
They said they want to convert the portion of the building running along Second Street into a family-friendly dining and music venue with pub-style food, and convert the club portion on Cherry Street into a comfortable multi-purpose entertainment venue with standing room and seating.
“We want it all,” Yoakum said. “We have all these big ideas and now we have the space to do it. We’d like to be able to bring in some national acts who might be on tour and looking for some stopping points to route through. And as much as we’re trying to bring people in from elsewhere we’re also very much about the local talent. So we want to do things like open mic nights, some karaoke contests and an acoustic happy hour every day, in addition to some of those out-of-town acts that we’d like to bring in.”
Yoakum said there is going to be some extensive remodeling done to both rooms of the establishment, but noted that they are eyeing a tentative opening date of May 1. In the meantime they will be offering updates via the Facebook page and website, and will also be accepting recommendations from the community on bar, menu and entertainment offerings.
The Chadakoin Club’s website, which is still under construction, can be found at thechadakoinclub.com. To send recommendations and ideas to the new owners, email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.