Karaoke dream about to be revived

23:00, Nov 12 2012

A Palmerston North man is resurrecting his karaoke bar, which will fill a long-vacant space in Rangitikei St.

Eric Southee used to run the karaoke-themed The Rockz Bar, which was based in Main St next to Golden Takeaways six years ago.

He is keen to open it up again.

"It's like a bug - it just never leaves you."

He said he banked at the National Bank in Cuba St, and had been keeping an eye on the long-vacant space on the opposite corner of the street.

"I spent 12 months watching it and nothing was happening," he said.


During that time, restaurant furniture littered the floor and no work was done on the place, which had been branded as Piazza.

However, at the beginning of September, Southee secured the lease for the premises.

He said he planned to resurrect The Rockz Bar on the site, which would have free pool tables and fairly cheap drinks.

His target market was the over-30s, who did not have many places in the city to go, he said.

Southee said he was keen to get the bar open by the end of the month, as long as he could get his liquor licences sorted out by then.

Manawatu Standard