The Nightingale Club in Birmingham has gone into administration but the owners say they are confident that it will stay open and believe that a buyer can be found in the next few weeks.
Last Friday evening, the Midland Zone website announced that Zolfo Cooper would be appointed to oversee the business after Lloyds/TSB forced it into administration.
In a statement for Midland Zone, Zolfo Cooper’s Joint Administrator, Ryan Grant, said: “We will be trading the business as normal over the coming weeks whilst we explore the possibility of finding a purchaser for this well-established and popular nightclub.
“We would therefore encourage those parties with a genuine interest in purchasing the nightclub to contact us as soon as possible.”
A Facebook page of support has now been set up and is encouraging clubbers to “save” the venue. Nightingale has been an iconic fixture in Birmingham for more than 40 years.
It first opened in 1969 on Camp Hill before moving to Kent Street in 1994. Last Saturday, former X Factor contenders Johnny Robinson and boyband The Risk performed to crowds at the venue.
Meanwhile, Birmingham’s Angel Bar, which is run by Mardi Gras Birmingham Limited – a subsidiary of The Nightingale Club Limited, is said to be unaffected by the developments.
Several separate consortiums are understood to be planning to bid for the assets and lease of the Nightingale venue.
The administration process is expected to be concluded in less than two months from now. A creditors’ meeting is also due to be held in the next few weeks.