After a successful year, Jim Paquette, owner of a bar on Route 25 in Standish, is moving and expanding his entertainment business.

Memory Lane, a popular bar and billiards hall, will now be located on Blake Road in what used to be Country Crossroads Dance Hall.

“I want to offer more to my customers, and involve everyone in the community,” said Paquette. “But I need more room to do that.”

In the new space, Paquette will be able to host more events.

“I want to have the hall open for weddings, parties, charity events, car shows, and, of course, bands,” said Paquette.

Bands are what have helped make Memory Lane successful.

“I started having great tribute bands here,” said Paquette. “And the people loved it. I am hoping since there is a stage at our new location, that I will be able to bring bigger bands in, and offer a little something for everyone.”

Memory Lane will also have a new addition to its name, “Music Hall.”

“I want to name it Memory Lane Music Hall,” said Paquette. “I just love music, and I want it to be about the music.”

Paquette has music in his blood. While growing up he watched his father perform as a singer on the Ken Mackenzie Television Show, and in his early 20s he, too, had a band.

“I was part of the disco age,” Paquette said with a smile. “It was great fun.”

Paquette’s daughter is now in the music business, in Nashville.

“That is my daughter Jenny,” says Paquette, smiling and pointing to a framed picture on the wall. “She is a country singer in Nashville.”

If the name doesn’t sound familiar, it should. Jenny Paquette has opened for country stars such as: Keith Urban, Alabama, Brad Paisley and Willie Nelson.

“This is a musical family,” said Paquette. “Having these great bands perform in my place, it’s a dream come true for me.”

Memory Lane Music Hall will open to the public Sept. 15.

“I can’t wait,” said Paquette. “We are going to have great entertainment, great customers, and a lot of fun!”


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