It has reopened as Boston's
Although initially upset that he had to move, owner
His patrons have followed him to the new spot, previously home to the Warehouse 29 nightclub. In the 1960s and 1970s, it was the Castaways club.
Customers appreciate its easy access to
"I believe it was a blessing," he now says about the move.
Boston had moved his downtown jazz club from
Boston had two years left on his lease. So the city paid him
As Boston searched for a new spot, he spoke with
The two knew each other because one of Boston's sons, Clarence, who owns crematories and a funeral home, had opened his first crematory next door to the club.
Woofter decided to sell the Warehouse 29 building to
"The right offer came in at the right time for me to consider, and it seemed like a good fit," Woofter said. "I wanted to see it pass to someone who would keep it as an entertainment facility and build on what we had done."
Clubgoers from the 1960s and 1970s remember it as the Castaways, where entertainment entrepreneur
Now 61, Boston recalls making his first nightclub visit at age 18 to the Castaways to see soul singer and songwriter
Since then, the site has housed a succession of clubs, including Wham and Encore, Woofter said.
Woofter and several business partners opened Warehouse 29 there in 1992 as a nightclub for the gay community. At the time, there weren't many dance clubs in the city, Woofter said.
In recent years, he added a Latin night and a hip-hop college night.
Woofter had been Warehouse 29's sole owner for the last 11 years. Woofter said he might pursue owning another club in the future but has nothing in the works.
Boston turned the space into two venues, Boston's
Boston's wife, Anita, and children Michael Jr., Clarence and Aisha work in the business.
The day before opening, Boston held a "blessing ceremony" on
"I am ecstatic to finally own my own venue and to own all of the property that goes along with that," Boston said. "It's very comforting in that I'll never be put in that position again."
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