February 11, 2013
SANTA ROSA BEACH, Florida -- Just weeks after First Note Music Hall owner Tommy Jackson announced he was closing the popular music venue and cafe along Florida's scenic County Road 30A, a new buyer has purchased that piece of property.
According to a report in The Destin Log newspaper, Destin-based real estate investor Ryan Jumonville bought the 7,985 square-foot property for $1.4 million.
Jackson cited family concerns, not a lack of profits, in his decision to shut down the venue and Jumonville is confident he can make money with the property.
"From our perspective, this deal was a no-brainer," Jumonville said to The Log. "I really believe in this property and it has a lot of potential as a destination along 30A."
No plans have been announced for the site yet, but whatever moves into that space will not be called First Note Music Hall. Jackson still owns First Note Music Hall LLC, and owns rights to the name. He told The Log he will use the company to bring musicians to other venues in the 30A area.
First Note got its biggest publicity when local resident Geoff McBride was chosen as a contestant on season two of the NBC show "The Voice." McBride performed multiple shows per week at First Note during his run on the show, selling out nearly every performance. You can watch a song from one of those sold-out shows in the video clip at right.
McBride now performs regularly at multiple venues in Panama City Beach, including The Boatyard and Schooner's.