Patrons, employees, performers glad to have Tarheel Concert Lounge open again

    The Tarheel was rocking again Thursday after it opened its doors again following Hurricane Florence. (Greg Payne, NewsChannel 12 photo)

    Thursday night was a chance for patrons to enjoy a beloved place in Jacksonville once again.

    The Tarheel in Jacksonville kicked off its grand re-opening on a good note Thursday, the first time the doors have been opened since Hurricane Florence.

    Country music artist Drake White performed during the grand re-opening. Venue officials said the entire flooring was replaced after water leaked from the ceiling. It was a long process but it was worth it.

    "We are so excited," Tarheel general manager Jennifer Allen said before Thursday's re-opening. "We were ready to get this live music back to the community and the surrounding areas. We’ve been through a lot, built it back up and we are ready.

    Some big names are expected to perform at The Tarheel, including Chase Rice in April.

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