The Double Door Inn in a photo from 2004. Central Piedmont Community College is in discussions to buy the property. Observer File Photo
CHARLOTTE, NC (Katherine Peralta/The Charlotte Obs -
Central Piedmont Community College is in discussions to buy a parcel in Elizabeth that includes the Double Door Inn, a popular Charlotte music venue for decades.
It also has an agreement to buy an adjacent property that includes a handful of businesses.
Talks on the Double Door property, owned by Nick Karres, are ongoing and nothing is finalized. But the college does have an agreement to buy an adjacent 1.2-acre parcel for $5.9 million from Kaveh Properties and G&K Enterprises Inc., both owned by David Kaveh.
That property, on the northeast corner of Elizabeth and Charlottetowne avenues, includes the CP Text Books, Shiraz Grill, Fortune Cookie Chinese, Red Sea Ethiopian and Ereatrien Cuisine and Bar, Cuisine Malaya, City Deli & Bagel and Crown Station Coffee House & Pub.
Leases are on a month-to-month basis and won’t be renewed, CPCC said.
“CPCC will use the property for the future growth of the central campus,” spokesman Jeff Lowrance told the Observer, though he did not provide any additional details on the expansion.
Next to the restaurants is the concert hall, in an old house at 1218 Charlottetowne Drive, which Karres opened in 1973. It has hosted a slew of artists from various musical genres over the years, including soul, jazz, funk, bluegrass and fusion. According to its Facebook page, Eric Clapton stopped by one night in the early 1980s and sat in with the Legendary Blues Band, after playing a concert at the old Charlotte Coliseum.
Karres told the Observer the future of the Double Door Inn is unclear.
The college has a 120-day period of due diligence, which ends in early June. At that point, it could back out, Karres said.