The Elbo Room, the Mission District bar and live music venue, announced on Facebook last night that it will not be allowed to re-sign its lease and will close its doors in November. The owners of the property, Dennis Ring and Susan Rokisky-Ring, plan to build condos.
The Elbo Room has played host to numerous local and touring live bands, but may be most known for its lively DJ nights and dance parties like Afrolicious and Dub Mission. It hopes to find a new location soon.
[jump] According to the Elbo Room's website, the bar originally opened in 1935, as the Prohibition era closed, and has been a place of entertainment ever since. Over the years the spot has operated as a Spanish restaurant, a country-western bar, and one of the country's first all-women's night clubs. In 1991, Elbo Room was established as a full bar and place of entertainment.
Here's a statement from Matt Shapiro and Erik Cantu, the owners of the club, via Facebook:
Official Statement about the future of Elbo Room
There is finally news.
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.
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