New ownership team hopes to reopen Beerland by Thanksgiving
Back in May, iconic Red River Cultural District venue Beerland abruptly closed after club owner Richard Lynn announced plans to sell the venue to an undisclosed buyer.
The sale fell through and the venue has remained vacant for almost five months.
Now, a new ownership team that includes Ryan Garrett, general manager for nearby music venue Stubb's BBQ, is poised to take over the space.
On Tuesday, Garrett said his team was still working through a business plan for the space, but that "it certainly incorporates live music."
He said the objective for the club is "similar to what we do at Stubb’s." Beyond that, he said, his team hopes to embrace the potential for "hosting events, live music, other forms of artistic performance and moving forward as Beerland for years and years to come."
Beerland's indoor capacity is 175 standing room only, similar to Stubb's indoor stage which has a capacity of 150. Garrett emphasized that although he and one other member on the ownership team are Stubb's employees, Stubb's is not involved in this venture. He said the board of directors for the barbecue restaurant/music venue gave his team a green light on the Beerland takeover "to support the health of the district as a whole."
Garrett said he hopes to reopen the club right before Thanksgiving.
"We’re excited to see a business open on Red River instead of shuttered," he said. "I think it’s high time to turn the tide and advance the scene in this iconic district."