Sadly, The Garage went into receivership in March 1995 after accruing debts of around £100,000.
The club had run into difficulties with its licence, so receivers were called in to help protect the premises’ future – and find a buyer who would continue to operate it as a night spot or leisure venue.
The receivers’ efforts were successful. Just nine months after its demise, The Garage re-opened as The Lizard Lounge – a new and exclusive destination for Nottingham which sought to move away from a full-on house club to a relaxed, late night drinking venue.
Designed with an older crowd in mind, the revamped site targeted clientele such as office workers, accountants and solicitors who were looking for a laid back vibe on a Friday and Saturday night.
Under new plans announced by developer the Braemore Group, this historic address is about to be revitalised, bringing new ‘cool’ to the Lace Market
Featuring smart décor such as glass bricks, and a spiral staircase, The Lizard Lounge was changed considerably to reflect its new “chilled” concept. What had been the lower dance floor at The Garage became a lounge complete with comfy chairs, tables and waitress service.
Over the decades, 41-43 St Mary’s Gate has had a variety of different night club identities including Koolkat and most recently BZR.
And, under new plans announced by developer the Braemore Group, this historic address is about to be revitalised, bringing new ‘cool’ to the Lace Market.
Braemore is converting the building into eight serviced offices, with the first one to be occupied by Nottingham architect Plan A when the scheme completes at the end of January 2018.
The building also has the added advantage of an attractive courtyard and backs onto Kayes Walk and Saint Mary’s Church.