BULLDOZERS are set to move in on former rock venue The Tache as work to clear land ahead of development of the £220m Central Business District continues.
The legendary club on Cookson Street is next in line for demolition to make way for new council offices.
The Tache moved last November after town hall chiefs paid out £400,000 to buy the freehold.
However, the club is still going strong after relocating to Corporation Street.
Robert Wynne, who now runs the venture in partnership with Jon Weber, said: “People have got lots of affection for The Tache.
“I think if we could get hold of the bricks following the demolition, we could probably sell them!
“It’s clearly not the most beautiful building but people have happy memories.
“I think people will always remember the happy times, growing up there.
“But the new venue is going strong and we have just had a record week.
“There is lots of memorabilia from the old Tache on the walls and the club has been incredibly successful in its new location.”
Dozens of messages have been left on the venue’s Facebook page. Phil Maxwell wrote: “End of an era, got loads of memories of The Tache.”
Jennifer Hayley McKears said: “I am currently raising my glass to the former Tache – soon to be gone, but never forgotten!”
Rob Bee added: “Another old rocker bites the dust!”, while Pug Vee-dub described it as “one of the coolest rock clubs I’ve ever been in.”
The original Tache, which attracted performers from all over the world including Paul Di’Anno from Iron Maiden, had been run by Ronald Blunden since 1989.
All its 18 staff and the DJs moved to the new venue.
Around 650 tickets were sold for the sell-out closing party on the final night in Cookson Street.
The first phase of Central Business District will also include a Sainsbury’s supermarket.