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Developers plan to renovate, reopen Lafayette's at Overton Square

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Back in the 70s, it was home to the original piano man himself, Billy Joel. Its stage was also set for superstar Barry Manilow. Back in the 70s, it was home to the original piano man himself, Billy Joel. Its stage was also set for superstar Barry Manilow.
Workers are already busy giving the old Lafayette's a face lift. Workers are already busy giving the old Lafayette's a face lift.

(WMC-TV) - Lafayette's Music Room was once the sound stage for many now famous musicians and now this music museum of sorts is coming back to Midtown Memphis.

Back in the 70s, it was home to the original piano man himself, Billy Joel. Its stage was also set for superstar Barry Manilow.

 Lafayette's Music Room was the place to go in Memphis back in the 70's, and now, the walls of this musical monument are about to reopen.

"I can't tell you the number of people I've talked to who saw Billy Joel here for the first time ... Just great memories of music, food, and of course drinks," said Jack Phillips with the Beale Street Blues Company.

Workers are already busy giving the old Lafayette's a face lift.

While developers are still working on renderings of what the final product will look like, one thing's for certain, this will be the only venue with 7-day-a-week live music.

"It's a chance for new musicians to be made and just another reason why Overton Square is and will be the place to be," added Aaron Petree with Loeb Properties.

The inside will, of course, feature a stage. The wrap around balcony will stay.

And Overton Square goers can also expect a brand new menu featuring foods from along the Mississippi, from Memphis to New Orleans.

Developers say they are even planning an inside/outside oyster bar near the front of the new Lafayette's.

"We pride ourselves in being a one stop shop, a family-friendly venue. We want the kids on the dance floor early and then later, we want adults out there," continues Phillips.

Developers hope to have the doors open here at Lafayette's Music Room by July 4 of 2014.

To see before and after pictures of the renovation, click here.

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