Monday, February 24, 2014

Live Music is Better, Bumper Stickers Should Be Issued

Photo by John Strickler

Jamey Reilly out front of the old Eagles building on High Street, which he hopes to transform into a live music venue with 250 seats, as well as an Asian/fusion restaurant.

So, as most of you hopefully read about in the Jan. 18 edition of The Mercury, Philadelphia music entrepreneur Jamey Reilly is under contract to purchase the old Fraternal Order of Eagles building on High Street and turn it into a musical venue with an Asian-fusion restaurant.

Mercury Photo by John Strickler

Reilly on the stage of the second floor ballroom.
As you will see in the video below, his previous location in Philadelphia, Jamey's House of Music, was closed by the Philadelphia codes office.

(Click this link to visit the venue's web site.)

He is under contract to purchase the Eagles building and move the whole operation to Pottstown, but it won't be cheap.

As he mentions in the video, the Pottstown codes office has identified $50,000 to $100,000 worth of work that needs to be done to bring it up to code, and that  does not include count the cost of putting in the kitchen or doing the other upgrades.


I think it would be a great addition to downtown and really help to add to the critical mass of destination arts locations that can help bring downtown Pottstown back from the brink and bring visitors, customers and residents to town.

So take a look.

The first four minutes or so of the video is an example of the kind of music Reilly brought to his previous location, and then you can meet the man himself and here what he has to say.

If you agree, perhaps you can do what you to help him do what he wants to do.


  1. Just curious. Why was the previous location shut down? What code violations?

    1. This is the write up in Philly Mag. It seems that in true Philly fashion, they are putting the squeeze on local businesses because they are hurting for money. He was shut down for not having the proper zoning license, the city claiming he needed a nightclub zoning license, but was unable to obtain it in a residential area. The venue was also his home.

    2. This article has a brief mention of the code issues.

  2. How many seats will there be in this venue?