OLD TOWN, Maine — In what could be a spark of hope for downtown Old Town, concert promoter Alex Gray said he’s planning to open his latest development — a combination music venue and upscale restaurant-bar — in just a few short months.
A prominent businessman, Gray seems to have a knack for bringing life back into forlorn buildings. His company helped to redevelop Aura, a nightclub in Portland, and now he’s focusing his efforts back home to help revitalize the downtown Old Town — an area largely devastated by a fire in September.
Gray, an Old Town local, is probably best known for his role in bringing artists from around the nation and beyond to perform at the Waterfront Concerts in Bangor. He also garnered attention in recent years after being handed a domestic violence charge for allegedly assaulting an ex-girlfriend — which was ultimately dismissed in 2018.
In Old Town, Gray has ambitious plans to transform a large brick building at 283 Main St. into a live music spot and nightclub. Last year, he expanded on his initial design plans to incorporate an upscale restaurant and bar.