Press: Jul 3, 2002: Legendary Austin Nightclub Closes By The
Austin, Texas - Wed Jul 3, 2002 - AUSTIN, Texas
(AP) - The Hole in the Wall, a nightclub near the University of
Texas campus that was a fixture in Austin's live music scene, has
closed after 28 years.
The Hole in the Wall shut down Sunday after a last
night of business that turned into a party for regulars, musicians
The club's lease expired at the end of June, and
the building is for sale for $972,000. Renting month to month was
an option, but the bar's liquor license was up for renewal in August.
"The combination makes it difficult," said co-owner
Over the past month, some prominent musicians revisited
the Hole for a fund-raising festival, donating their take to help
the bar pay its debts, which mostly includes back payroll taxes.
The concert series, called 30 Days in the Hole,
aimed to raise more than $15,000.
The profits barely made a dent in the debt, Rombach
She said she might reopen the Hole in another location
if she can find a place where the rent isn't too high. The Hole
opened in 1974 as a neighborhood bar.
Early on it was largely supported by the video
arcade in the back room.
From the first year, it was a music spot. Nanci
Griffith played there in 1974, earning $15 a night, along with tips
and drinks. Steve Earle, John Reed and Charlie Sexton have left
their musical footprints there.
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