It turns out that the Elbo Room is, in fact, closing. And rather soon at that. The building that houses the venue is set to be demolished in order to make room for a five-story condo development. In advance of this demolition, the building’s owners decided they will not renew the bar’s lease when it expires on November 1st of this year.
The announcement was made earlier this evening, via a post to the Elbo Room’s Facebook page:
Hey Everyone. There is finally news. [Building owners] Dennis and Susan Ring had a meeting with the powers that be and they seem quite confident that their condo project will be able to move forward. As a result, they have decided not to renew our lease which expires Nov. 1st, 2015.
Yes, we are in shock.
What’s next? We will be looking for a new space to continue what we are doing. With hopefully as little lapse as possible.
We own the liquor license, the business and all contents inside (except for pinball/pacman). Hopefully we can find something soon.
If you have any leads on a space for us, or wish to help… please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank You for your ongoing support
Matt Shapiro/ Erik Cantu and the staff of Elbo Room
The impending closure of the Elbo Room marks the loss of yet another of the Mission’s rapidly dwindling live music venues. But on the bright side, at least no one has tried to blame it on the minimum wage.
[Photo: Darius Lock]