It’s been a good run for Dr. Feelgood’s Rock Bar & Grill on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, but nightclub impresario Cleve Mash said it’s time for a change.
The rock ’n’ roll bar, which counted Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil as a partner, will host its last night, and a closing party, on Dec. 7. After that, the place will be shuttered. Plans are to reopen in February as The Pawn Shop Lounge, a concept from Miami that closed several years ago when the building was purchased by a government entity.
Expect a new sound system, pawnshop-like decor and entertainment surprises for West Palm Beach clubgoers.
Mash won’t reveal more details, but let’s just say the Miami place had character: The DJ booth was in a semi truck. The VIP room was a school bus. Customers could sit on airplane seats.
Mash said he’s bringing in the same operator and designer.
Dr. Feelgood’s helped kick off Clematis Street’s latest revival in early 2008, when the bar opened east of the corner of Clematis Street and Olive Avenue, just as the recession was settling in. Despite the timing, the bar enjoyed success and hosted a number of street parties. Nightclub owner Rodney Mayo brought his Lost Weekend bar upstairs.
Mash is no stranger to the area: He made his first splash with Monkeyclub in 1997 in the space now partially occupied by Feelgood’s.
But as competition from other nightclubs increased, Mash felt he needed to create a new concept to attract attention to the prime spot.
“Reinvesting in downtown is a good thing,” Mash said. “And it’s the right time to bring something new. You have to rebrand yourself, and we’re creating a new feel.”
Mash said the Pawn Shop won’t include Neil, and Mash said he bought Mayo out of the Lost Weekend space. So over time, the 10,000-square-foot Feelgood’s space and the 3,500-square-foot Lost Weekend space will all be Pawn Shop, although Lost Weekend will continue to be open as renovations take place in the Feelgood’s area.
Mash said eventually, Mayo plans to move Lost Weekend west on Clematis Street to the 500 block.
Mash owns the Dirty Martini bar and lounge at Downtown at the Gardens shopping center in Palm Beach Gardens and the recently-opened J.R.’s Buckwild Country Bar & Nightclub in in the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott.