Thursday, September 8, 2011
Lakewood Bar and Grill shut down on Wednesday
Locked out for non-payment of rent.
DALLAS The Lakewood Bar and Grill closed abruptly on Wednesday, with the news delivered via a lock-out and "non-payment of rent" sign taped to the front door.
Word began circulating on Wednesday afternoon among musicians who were booked to play this week. Emmeline was slated for Wednesday night, with Bigelow Station on Thursday and Poison Cherry on Saturday.
The bar's management finally got around to posting a message on its Facebook page at 6 p.m.
"I am sad to say that after 18 years of serving the Lakewood area the LBG is closed! Thank you to all the bands that played and for all the customers that patronized us. To all the bands that are booked I appologize for the last-minute notice."
One of the narrow little storefronts running along Gaston in the center of Lakewood, the "LBG" was conceived by original owners Susan and Michael Maher and Barbara and Richard Cantillon as a neighborhood tavern. More recently, it had become a reliable place for local bands to play.
Posters in the front window showed bands booked all the way through October. But the venue stopped hosting its Monday night Jazz Jam Sessions in February.
At the end of August, a new booking agent was hired, Jeff Schattle. "What a crappy day!" he posted on his Facebook page at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. "Car won't start in morning and have to miss work and then the Lakewood Bar and Grill the club I just started booking, closes down."
Schattle was unavailable for comment.
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