Get your Webster Hall fix while you can, because the landmark East Village music venue is officially set to close for major renovations early next month, the club’s manager told the New York Daily News.
Earlier this year, the venue sold to Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment (the same company that operates the Barclays Center) and AEG Presents (which owns Bowery Presents) for a reported $35 million. The plan? “We’re going to preserve what Webster Hall means to the consumers and artists,” BSE CEO Brett Yormack previously assured the New York Post. “But we will contemporize it.” According to the paper, that means likely food and beverage upgrades, with “with possible bathroom enhancements.”
But with the renovation date nearing—Webster Hall’s last hurrah in its current incarnation is Saturday, August 5th—director of operations Gerard McNamee took to Facebook to urge fans to swing by the venue one last time before the end of the era, the News reports.
“Sad but true, the legendary and world-famous Webster Hall has been sold and will close as we know it,” McNamee said. “Please come celebrate our rich … history of being the biggest, baddest and longest running nightclub in the history of New York City.”
The 1,500-person venue will then be shuttered “undisclosed period of time” while it gets an overhaul, though what exactly that overhaul will look like remains TBD, since renovation plans are not yet on file with the Department of Buildings. In the meantime, EV Grieve notes that future concerts slated for the venue have been moved to other venues, including the Bowery Presents-managed Terminal 5.