Jimmy’s On Congress opening soon Portsmouth NH, jazz and blues club

Marco B Divaio

PORTSMOUTH — The City Council approved a 20-year parking agreement with the owners of the soon-to-be opened Jimmy’s On Congress, intended to make it easier to operate the jazz and blues club. Attorney Timothy Phoenix, who represented club owners Michael and Peter Labrie at Monday’s council meeting, called the project […]

PORTSMOUTH — The City Council approved a 20-year parking agreement with the owners of the soon-to-be opened Jimmy’s On Congress, intended to make it easier to operate the jazz and blues club.

Attorney Timothy Phoenix, who represented club owners Michael and Peter Labrie at Monday’s council meeting, called the project a “labor of love for the Labrie family in honor of their parents, whose names will be associated with the club and other aspects of the operation.”

Michael and Peter Labrie are in the process of renovating the historic former YMCA building at 135 Congress St., and have already spent more than $1 million on the endeavor.

Peter, left, and Michael Labrie stand with architect Andrew Sidford are seen in April 2021 at Jimmy’s on Congress in Portsmouth during the renovation project.

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In addition to Jimmy’s on Congress, the new building will be home to the Museum of New Art Portsmouth, which will be located on the first floor, according to the brothers.

Phoenix said the operation of the club and museum is expected to bring in as much as $20 million to the city each year.

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