The owners of the Time Out Lounge hope to reopen the bar in a new location by May, nearly a year and a half after the neighborhood bar burned down.

Owners Jay and Kathleen Byers have signed a lease to move the Time Out into the old Game Day Daiquiris space at 4619 Bennington Ave. The Time Out had been at 9374 Old Hammond Highway until it was destroyed by a fire in December 2013.

An attempt to move the Time Out into a commercial space at 3180 Valley St., off Perkins Road, was shot down last summer when the city-parish Planning Commission voted against rezoning the property for a bar. Members of the Southside Civic Association opposed the rezoning as part of a blanket policy in the area against any net gain of C-AB-2 permits, which allow for a bar or a lounge that makes most of its money from alcohol sales.

“We can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Ned Fasullo, whose mother and stepfather own the Time Out. Fasullo said while the hope is to open the bar by May, it may not be in business until closer to the start of summer.

Fasullo said extensive renovations are being done to the Game Day building, which has been vacant for more than a year. “We’re knocking out a wall here and there,” he said.

Plans are to open the Time Out at 2:30 p.m. every day. Fasullo hopes to bring in residents from Southdowns and the neighborhoods surrounding Bennington, along with guests from the hotels around College Drive and people who work in the area.

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