ATLANTIC CITY — Ducktown Tavern is expanding. The 24-hour bar plans to use a lot it purchased last month, located behind the bar, for parking, outdoor concerts and fundraisers.
Owner John Exadaktilos and his family, who opened Ducktown on Atlantic Avenue near the former Trump Plaza in 2005, said the purchase will also open up 68 parking spots for the venue, which will be free for patrons.
The 23,500-square-foot lot on Georgia Avenue will serve as an extension of the tavern for events such as the Atlantic City St. Patrick’s Day Parade after-party, for which it used to shut down the street, Exadaktilos said.
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Exadaktilos rented the parking lot when Ducktown opened 12 years ago.
“And then, as the city was not as busy as it used to be, the family that owned it shut it down and we went to the lot across the street,” he said. “For the past four years, I’ve been trying to talk to these two guys to sell it, and they finally did.”
He did not disclose how much he paid for the land.
As for what other outdoor events will be held in the lot, Exadaktilos said they are “to be announced.”
“I’ve got a few things I need to square up first,” he said. “We’re in design phase right now to get a good layout.”
Exadaktilos said it was a good time to “take a chance on Atlantic City’s future and expand our footprint.”
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The Exadaktilos family is involved in several charitable events and will use the new space for fundraisers.
“We have big ideas for the lot, and these are just a few of them,” Exadaktilos said.