Deal for music venue in Pottstown's old Eagles building falls through

Photo by John Strickler Jamey Reilly looks over the High Street area in Pottstown. Reilly had hoped to transform the former Eagle building pictured behind him in Jamey’s House of Music.
Photo by John Strickler View of the former Eagle building on High Street in Pottstown.

Plans to move an established music venue in Philadelphia to the former Eagles building at 310 High St. have fallen through, the plan’s prime mover announced on his web page and Facebook this week.

In January,Jamey Reilly announced plans to purchase the building and to establish a place for live music performances in addition to an Asian/fusion restaurant operated by his wife.

His longtime venue in his home on Overbrook Avenue in Philadelphia had been shut down as an “illegal nightclub” and he was seeking a new venue and had settled on Pottstown as the place.

Not any more.

On Tuesday, May 6, Reilly posted a message on Facebook and his website that read: “Dear friends, We have been working diligently to create a new home for Jamey’s since December without success so far. Unfortunately our planned move to Pottstown did not work out. We are back to the drawing board...”

Attempts by The Mercury to obtain further comment from Reilly, who had been eager to talk about his venture in January, were unsuccessful.

The 38,000-square-foot building was built in 1928 as the home for the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Reilly had said in addition to having musical acts perform in both the first floor and the larger second floor, which has a dance floor and full stage, he also intended to open a restaurant on the first floor with a focus on Asian/fusion cuisine and sushi.

In addition, the building also was to be home to the non-profit agency Reilly founded — the Philadelphia Society for Art, Literature and Music, or PSALM.

“I want this to be the best place to hear music anywhere,” Reilly said in January.

Wherever that place ends up being, apparently, it won’t be in Pottstown.