Club owner says rumors untrue

June 1, 2011 3:30:15 PM PDT
Club Barcelona has been under construction for 18 months, and the delay was enough for the rumors to start swirling.

"There was quite a bit of rumors about not being able to get the liquor license or being too close to a school. None of that was actually true. We were just not completed with the project," explained owner Dr. Tommy Bassiri.

But Bassiri, a local dentist, says his club is ready to open and he plans to make it like no other in the city.

"What we envisioned was something that you perhaps see in bigger cities such as Miami or New York or Las Vegas," he said.

The club is nearly 14,000 square feet. Bassiri says he originally planned to spend $1.5 million, but that's now over $2 million.

The club features a large dance floor, theatrical lighting inside and outside the club, and 15 VIP areas.

"I think Fayetteville needs some that. I think the military do deserve that. This club is not going to be an unaffordable place for the military people. This is going to be fairly affordable for everybody," said Bassiri.

The club hosts a private soft opening June 18 with its grand opening to the public scheduled for June 25.

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