The Broken Record Bar and Music Room will soon be opening at 422 Queen Street.
Fredericton musician Trevor Young has always dreamed of owning a bar. He was just waiting for the right time to make his move. That time is now.
“We were sitting around the fire with some friends one night and we started talking about opening a bar. I just kinda rolled with it from there,” said Young. “I play in a band and there’s not a lot of places to play in New Brunswick anymore. I always wanted to open a bar so my wife and I decided now would be a good time to do it.”
Together with his wife Samantha, Trevor has been busy over the past few months transforming the space at 422 Queen Street into a place where music lovers can congregate to enjoy a pint and a show.
“She’s a painter and I’m a carpenter so it worked out good,” said Young. “She does all the tedious painting and crack filling and I build everything.”
422 Queen Street has been a home to many things over the years. Most recently, it was home to Picaroons’ Brewtique but has been vacant for the past few years. Prior to serving as a filling station for growlers of craft beer the location was home to a number of food and drink establishments, many that dabbled in live music, including Ryes Deli, Bugaboo Creek, Gordie’s Pub and The Cedar Tree Café.
“When I was younger I dreamed about buying Gordie’s Pub,” said Young. “This is a great location.”
Originally from Miramichi, Young has been playing music for more than twenty years. In that time he has watched several stages close up shop in Miramichi, Fredericton and in other parts of the province. He says a large part of his motivation behind opening a bar is to provide a new stage for New Brunswick bands.
“The whole concept for me is to have a place for bands from New Brunswick to play,” he said. “We’re running out of venues. I’ve been playing since I was 12 years old and since I was old enough to play bars I’ve seen a steady decline in music venues.”
Young says he’s just waiting on a few last inspections and once those are complete, the Broken Record Bar & Music Room will be for business.
“We were hoping to open in November at first,” he said. “But we’re basically ready now. Just a bit of cleaning up, finishing some wall paper and waiting for the last few inspections. Shouldn’t be long.”