Earlier this week, Canal Street Tavern received a new name, as founder Mick Montgomery ended his 32-year association with the venue. This is the first of several changes patrons will see in the coming months.
The tavern will now be called Canal Public House. New owner, Shane Sullivan, says he chose the name because it gives the bar a new identity, but pays homage to the legacy of the Canal Street Tavern, which has been a destination for music fans for more than thirty years.
In 1981 Mick Montgomery turned an old factory cafeteria into the iconic music venue, Canal Street Tavern. Recently, it was announced that Mick was selling Canal Street to Bill Daniels, owner of Pizza Factory and
South Park Tavern. Many were upset by the news, but in an interview with WYSO's Jerry Kenney, Montgomery says he’ll still be involved with the club, and for now not much will change. First, He talks about what the club has meant to him over the last 30+ years.
Hear the interview, as aired on WYSO Weekend, April 14, 2013.