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The Carleton temporarily closing for 'extensive renovation'

Owner Karen Spaulding said, as the bar approaches its 10th anniversary, the facelift will modernize the facility while paying tribute to its history
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Musician Danny Michel plays The Carleton Music Bar and Grill (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

The award-winning Carleton Music Bar & Grill will be temporarily closed as of Friday to allow for extensive renovations within the 250-year-old building. 

The music venue recently changed owners and will undergo planned work in two phases starting December 22nd. 

The bar will be open for shows during the In the Dead of Winter Festival from January 18th to 20th, then close again until February 8th. 

New owner Karen Spaulding said, as the bar approaches its 10th anniversary, the facelift will modernize the facility while paying tribute to its history. 

"We certainly would never want to mess with the stone, brick and the heritage because that's so warm and welcoming, so Halifax."

She said to expect upholstered bar stools and chairs, but the layout will stay the same to allow the stage to be visible from all areas of the bar during live shows.

"Our whole goal is to make the Carleton to continue to be a great sound facility, but add on so it's more welcoming and comfortable as a real restaurant and cocktail bar."

She said the bathrooms will also get a facelift in the second phase of the renovation.

The venue also plans to extend its operating hours in the spring to include weekday lunch and weekend brunch, plus add a year-round patio.

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