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Closing of the Hole in the Wall

Austin American-Statesman: Jul. 1, 2002: Landmark Austin bar closes with final night of music and friends by Janet Jacobs - Although the music was special, it was the regulars who made the atmosphere what it was, he said. "Most of those people have known each other for most of their adult lives," Cugini said.

News8: June 30, 2002: Sunday night is Hole in the Wall's last by Heather Maze

Backstage Pass: The Hole Truth: June 14, 2002 by Andy Langer - After three years dedicated mostly to studying, Rombach returned to the Hole In The Wall for extra cash moving from waitress to bartender, from office manager to booking agent, and three years ago, to owner.

Austin Chronicle: May 31, 2002: Dancing About Architecture by Ken Lieck - Whither the Hole in the Wall? The answer to that query would yet appear to be "thither, for the nonce."

Austin Chronicle: May 17, 2002: The $975,000 Question: The future, sans shades, of the Hole in the Wall by Dan Oko - Owner Debbie Rombach says she would love to buy the building and keep the bar intact, but she just doesn't have the money.

General Articles About the Hole in the Wall

Miscellaneous Items - I'll never forget the night Emmy Lou Harris joined Rosie Flores on stage after taping an Austin City Limits segment. The audience members kept buying her shots of tequila and within an hour, two of her bandmembers, one under each arm, helped her back to the bus.

Backstage Pass: The Hole Truth: June 14, 2002 by Andy Langer - After three years dedicated mostly to studying, Rombach returned to the Hole In The Wall for extra cash moving from waitress to bartender, from office manager to booking agent, and three years ago, to owner.

Austin Chronicle: Feb. 19-25, 1999: Live Music Venue Guide by Christopher Hess - The Hole in the Wall has always been here and isn't going anywhere.

Daily Texan: Mar. 31, 1999: Neighborhood bar stays constant amidst chaos By Brendan Sinclair - As bartender Brooks Brannon, himself a Hole regular of 23 years, will affirm, "This place looks pretty much the same as it did a couple decades ago, only with more crap on the walls."

Daily Texan: Feb. 1, 1997: Students, bar owners question minor bill by Stephanie Friedman - Doug Cugini, owner and manager of Hole in the Wall Arcade and Restaurant on the Drag, said sufficient laws already exist to prevent underage drinking.

Daily Texan: Dec. 12, 1989: Bathrooms with a view By Charlie Earthman - Word play is always popular with bathroom graffiti artists. Favorites include, "Urine the money" at the Hole in the Wall and Yucatan Dan's "You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her drink."

Monk.com: When we entered the back room we found owner Jeff Smith sprawled on a table with his legs up in the air getting porked by a pool stick

Weekly Wire: October 20, 1997: Girls With Guitars by Christopher Hess - "We were all just making music and trying to make a living at playing and writing. I played every Sunday night at the Hole in the Wall for five years, from the time that it opened. Doug [Cugini, the owner] literally kept groceries on my table."

Blaze Foley

From Weekly Wire: Dec. 28, 1999: A Walking Contradiction: The Legend of Blaze Foley By Lee Nichols

Weekly Wire: Blaze Foley: in Tribute and Loving Memory, Volume One by Lee Nichols

Nanci Griffith

Nanci's Starting Place by Paul Johnston - Prior to becoming the Hole in the Wall, this location was the home to Hank's Grill.

Courtney Love

National Enquirer: April 17, 2002: Courtney Love Flies Out of Control - "Courtney and friends went to a club called the Hole in the Wall and drank tequila," the source said.

Doug Sahm

Austin Chronicle: Dancing About Architecture: November 26, 1999: Adios Tornado by Ken Lieck - The club's caricature of Sahm had been moved from the wall of past performers to a new place: front and center in the Elvis Presley shrine over the club's stage. "Doug Sahm is our Elvis," one staffer noted somberly.

Fastball / Magneto USA

Don Henley / Mojo Nixon

Reviews of the Hole

Monk.com: When we entered the back room we found owner Jeff Smith sprawled on a table with his legs up in the air getting porked by a pool stick

Reviews of Performances at the Hole

The Wild Seeds, Wannabes, Rite Fliers: October 5, 2001 By Michael Toland - To celebrate Hall reconvened the final lineup of the Seeds for a record-release party at Austin's venerable Hole in the Wall, the club that gave many of the New Sincerity bands their start and one of the few that's fallen under the radar of the city's scene-destroying urban renovation program.

Weekly Wire: July 31, 2000: Barrel Chested Again: Denton's Slobberbone By Jerry Renshaw - It's Saturday night at the Hole in the Wall, and the pool-room side of the bar is about as comfortable as a Turkish bath.

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