When downtown venue Drink! unexpectedly announced its was closed as of Friday, many in the music community wondered exactly had prompted owner Kris Amendola to depart without notice.
However, it appears that the bar’s abrupt closure came as a surprise to even Amendola herself.
“I was never planning on leaving,” she said.
According to Amendola, some of the equipment she had been loaned for the venue — including televisions, lighting and sound equipment — was removed by its owner, who was let into the bar without her knowledge.
“I had shows booked, and I had no idea that the equipment was being taken out,” she said. “It blindsided me, my landlord, my employees, the bands, etc.”
It was this lack of machinery which made the bar unable to throw shows and prompted Drink!, 503 8th Ave. N., to close over the weekend.
However, if the bar’s owner has anything to do with it, the closure will not be a permanent one.
Amendola says she still has licenses in place to be able to do business at the superblock location and is working on negotiating a way to secure new equipment.
“My plan of attack now, is to go even stronger and bring and even larger impact to the music scene than before,” she said. “I love all of the customers, the bands — both local and touring — and I am dedicated to giving them a ‘home’ to play.”
Though she wouldn’t reveal a timeline for this planned reinvention of the venue, Amendola did say there would be drastic changes to Drink! before the doors open again.
“I am calling it a ‘douching’, a very well needed cleansing,” she said.
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