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Cafe Vaudeville’s bling finally goes under the hammer

By Allan Preston

Patrons of one of Belfast’s best known bars will soon have a chance to take home hundreds of mementoes.

The contents of the Parisian-themed Cafe Vaudeville go under the hammer next week, giving buyers the rare opportunity to get items such as a cheetah print chaise lounge and artificial palm trees at bargain prices.

The glamorous city centre venue on Arthur Street opened in 2004, adding French style and cabaret to Belfast’s nightlife.

Last November the Belfast Telegraph reported the nightspot was to be redesigned with a cuban theme.

At the time Cafe Vaudeville’s owner Pat McCormack was said to be close to reaching a deal with the English chain, Revolution Bars Group.

Yesterday the company said it had no comment to make on the deal.

But it had previously said it was interested in expanding to the province.

The unreserved auction, hosted by Wilsons Auctions, takes place in the former bank and head offices of Dunville & Co whiskey distillers, from 5pm next Thursday, with online bidding also available. Other items up for grabs include a large selection of baroque-style furniture, a decorative bird cage display cabinet, mirrors, and a variety of catering equipment including fridges and commercial ovens.

Peter Johnston from Wilsons Auctions commented: “The interior of Cafe Vaudeville really exudes grandeur and luxury, and I am confident this auction will create a lot of interest among the hospitality industry and clientele.”

He added: “We would encourage those interested in the auction to register through our website at least 24 hours prior to the auction.”

For further information, go to www.wilsonsauctions.com.

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