Greater Greensboro Entertainment Group is planning to make a major announcement on Thursday morning about “an exciting new venue which will bring a national presence to Greensboro,” according to a press release for the event.
The organization, which lists Rocco Scarfone as a member/manager on its LLC papers, will hold the press conference at Ham’s downtown, one of Scarfone’s venues. Former Greensboro mayor Robbie Perkins, the president of commercial real-estate company NAI Piedmont Triad, confirmed that he is involved with the announcement but declined to provide further details.
There are rumors that the planned venue will be a House of Blues, a chain of music venues with 13 locations in major cities such as LA, Chicago, Boston and New Orleans. It wouldn’t be the first time that Scarfone worked with a former Greensboro mayor on a project connected to the House of Blues, though it could be quite a different scenario.
Greensboro wouldn’t be the smallest city with a House of Blues — it’s bigger than Atlantic City and Myrtle Beach — but it enjoys less national recognition than all 13 cities (and isn’t notorious for tourism like Atlantic City and Myrtle Beach).
Scarfone also owns Allure Nightlife —formerly the N Club — downtown on South Elm Street, a possible location for the new venue. The building is owned by N Club LLC, which is also registered to Scarfone’s lawyer, Emily J. Meister, and lists Scarfone as a member/manager.