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Austin venue Barracuda announces permanent closure

Amanda O'Donnell
aodonnell@statesman.com
Barracuda has cancelled all of their upcoming events due to Covid-19 concerns. Dave Creaney for Statesman.

The unassuming facade of popular Austin venue Barracuda won’t be seeing another winding line abuzz with preshow chatter.

After five years at its East Seventh Street location, the venue announced its closure on social media Wednesday.

Thanking “everyone who’s walked through our doors,” the club said all remaining shows will be rescheduled and proceeds from remaining merchandise items will be donated to the Austin Justice Coalition.

Austin 360 checked in on the club in April after the coronavirus pandemic led to the closure of all of the city’s music venues. In an attempt to keep funds flowing, Barracuda had launched a merchandise line as part of Fine Southern Gentleman’s “Austin Will Survive” initiative and was promoting a $250 “royalty key” that granted guests a spot at any show through the end of the year when the club was able to reopen.

READ: How favorite Austin music venues are weathering coronavirus closures

The club also attempted running a membership drive, which sought monthly dues from longtime fans.

News of the venue’s closing was met with a slew of shocked and disappointed comments on social media.