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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Well it’s probably safe to say that downtown Wilmington hasn’t necessarily had the best reputation lately. But, a new venue in the Port City wants to change things up.

Owners Chris Delavore and Jeff Taft opened Live on Grace in December in hopes of providing a place geared towards an older crowd, which they say is hard to come by in downtown Wilmington.

“We wanted to have live music and a place where people can come and have some good food, listen to some good music and feel comfortable,” said Delavore.

“I have seen some incredible music on that stage,” said Steve Goler, a patron at Live on Grace. “I got involved with the world tavern poker which we do here on Tuesday nights and it’s home for me.”

Live on Grace opens at 11 a.m., serving both lunch and dinner. From classic rock to jazz and blues, the music seems to be what separates it from other downtown venues.

“We can understand the words,” said Goler. “It is not a young person’s music-a mature person’s music. It’s music I grew up with.”

Located at 121 Grace Street, it sits apart from most clubs and bars.

“It’s great because we are two blocks away from the main strip of downtown and all the chaos that goes with that,” said Delavore.

Some say it’s about time that downtown offered a place for an older crowd.

“You have two areas in town, Mayfaire, Wrightsville Beach,” said Goler. “More people gravitate out there. There’s really a lot more to offer down here.”


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