The North Door, an East Austin events venue that hosted everything from comedy shows to burlesque nights to live music to TV viewing parties, has closed permanently. An email from the venue at 501 Brushy St. announced the news on Friday afternoon.
"During these very dark times that are decimating one business after another out there, it seems we are not immune to its painful sting," the emailed statement reads. "It’s been a long road for us over the last decade, and we’ve held on as long as possible, but it is with a very heavy heart that we must sadly announce that the North Door is permanently closing its doors."
The North Door, which according to its website was built into the former soundstage of 501 Studios, opened in 2011.
The closure announcement went on to thank the venue’s "dedicated and loyal" staff, clients and patrons.
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"We built our calendar around the community," the statement reads. "Our goal was to cultivate an atmosphere where people are allowed to be themselves, and where they can feel at home. A safe space, a meeting place; that spot where they filmed multiple comedy specials for Netflix, and Showtime, or where they showed ‘Game of Thrones’ and the line was around the building! It was that place where they had that raging NYE party, where Nerd Nite, Bedpost Confessions and Astronomy on Tap happened, and where Peligrosa performed on the third Friday of every month."
According to the statement, the venue’s owners plan to return under a new name "at some point" in the future.
The North Door joins a growing list of Austin mainstays shuttering for good as the coronavirus pandemic persists. In recent weeks, businesses like Cap City Comedy Club and I Luv Video have shut down permanently.