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ORLANDO-Shuttered since 2001, the Cheyenne Saloon at Church Street Station and an adjacent dark building are expected to be revived as a Downtown nightclub and restaurant after investors Thierry Pauquet and Sebastian Tribout renovate and refurbish the properties.

Pauquet and Tribout’s companies have signed a 10-year lease for a total 21,506 sf at an aggregate rent of $3.2 million or about $15 per sf. Quest Co. of Orlando negotiated the deal for Lou Pearlman, the majority property owner of Church Street Station. The planned nightclub, the Opera House, totals 17,165 sf over three floors of the 23-year-old building. The restaurant, called the Church, will occupy 4,341 sf.

The new owners are shooting for a New Year’s Eve opening for the night club and a November debut for the restaurant. Their companies are the Opera House LLC and the Church LLC. Pauquet is managing partner of the two ventures. He owns a brokerage firm in the Hunter’s Creek community called the Art of Real Estate Inc.

Orlando entrepreneur Bob Snow opened the seven-acre Church Street Station in 1974 with Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Jazz Emporium as the main attraction. The Cheyenne Saloon & Opera House opened in 1982. Among the entertainers who played there were Garth Brooks, Lee Greenwood and Lorrie Morgan. Shows at the Cheyenne were broadcast nationally on the Nashville Network.

Snow sold his interest in Church Street Station in 1989. The property changed hands several times and by 2001 Church Street Station’s lights dimmed in almost all of its components. The current majority owner, boy band impresario Lou Pearlman, is redeveloping the property for a mix of commercial and retail uses.

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