Closed: The Cellar nightclub at the Fairmont Southampton Resort has closed its doors. *Photo by Jessica Dismont/courtesy of The Cellar
Closed: The Cellar nightclub at the Fairmont Southampton Resort has closed its doors. *Photo by Jessica Dismont/courtesy of The Cellar
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Owner of nightclub The Cellar, recently closed down by Fairmont Southampton Resort, installed a sound proofed door costing $60k after tourists complained of noise coming from the club.

Dennie O’Connor told the Bermuda Sun he also proposed to management at the hotel that he put a sound proof covering over the pathway leading from the hotel to the club to further dim any noise.

The hotel would not say whether customer complaints played any part in the decision to close the club.

General Manager at the Fairmont Southampton Resort, George Terpilowski, said that the decision was “unrelated to any external issues and is a private matter between the hotel and its former tenant”.

He added: “The Cellar has closed, and the hotel is currently re-evaluating the use of that space.”

O’Connor presented a Bermuda Police Report to the hotel that confirmed there had been no incidents at the club.

Clear record

The report said: “We have searched our records and there are no reports of fights, drug/gang incidents or anything involving The Cellar for the year 2012.”

Last Friday the Bermuda Sun broke the news that the Fairmont Southampton Resort club closed the venue more than two weeks ago.

O’Connor spoke of his dismay at the closure which resulted in eleven Bermudian part and full-time staff members losing their jobs.

The club was revamped in 2010 as an exclusive venue and O’Connor is working on a proposal to have the club reopened.

Some $250,000 was invested at The Cellar over the past two years including a state-of-the-art LED lit dancefloor.

Speaking to the Bermuda Sun last Friday O’Connor said: “We are talking about a club that averaged 33,000 guests last year.

“We are probably Bermuda’s premier nightclub — we’ve had no incidents.

“We are dealing with a mature crowd and tourists.

“I am trying to get it reopened because it is such an investment.

Nightmare

“It is more than a shame — it is a nightmare. We are the only club in that area and people feel safe to come to it.”

O’Connor has given management the option of opening the venue just for island visitors.

He is now working on a proposal for the club which would include local live performances and disco
DJ Bubbles.

He will present the proposal to the Fairmont this week.

O’Connor added: “The GM and hotel manager Rita Healy have asked us to come up with a new concept not involving disco.”

O’Connor also owns Cosmopolitan Night Club in Hamilton (formerly Moon).

He sat on the Tourism Board for three years and is a Bermuda Hospitality Institute board member. n

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