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Monday, October 6, 2008

No More McLeod Residence—At Least in Its Current Location

posted by on October 6 at 10:19 AM

Read the whole story on the McLeod blog. This is really sad, considering how terrific and strange that old building is, and how central it was to the identity of McLeod Residence. At the same time, if these guys can so thoroughly make a space their own, maybe they can do it somewhere else, too. I’m rooting for them.

From their announcement:

The greatest blessing and curse of McLeod Residence has always been the building and space it exists in. On the one hand, it’s unlike any other space around, in a truly magnificent way. And yet on the other hand, it simply wasn’t originally built to the specifications required to do the kinds of things we wanted to do. Trying to reconcile the two has been a struggle from the very beginning.

We’ve always tried to maintain a positive “one day at a time” attitude about this, and have managed to wiggle our way through some very fortunate milestones in our permitting and licensing situation… for example getting a liquor license and a temporary certificate of occupancy. Everyone at the city has been EXTREMELY kind and helpful and would never shut us down if they didn’t have to. Nobody is really to blame, there is no big bad wolf in the city who is trying to hurt us.

However, at this point, it looks like we’ve reached the end of our options, and will have to vacate our space and find a new tenant to take it over for us. It breaks our hearts a thousand different ways to do this, but also feel like we can turn a difficult situation into one that makes us stronger.

I’ve got a deadline right now, but is anyone reading from McLeod Residence who can explain exactly what happened? Commenters want to know…

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Oh man, bummer! I wonder what sort of tenant they are looking for? Was it just complications with the liquor license?

I've just started going to McLeod's recently, so I'll be looking forward to seeing it in its new incarnation before too long, hopefully.

Posted by exelizabeth | October 6, 2008 10:30 AM

Oh no!

This is a beautiful space, and so generous to nonprofits and artists. There will be a fundraiser for Obama there tomorrow night, if you want to see it before it goes:

They also have a photobooth camera in the wall that auto-uploads to flickr. :(

Posted by V | October 6, 2008 10:36 AM

I think they key explanatory sentence is "... a liquor license and a temporary certificate of occupancy".

They had a truly amazing run and pushed the boundaries and possibilities of the quirky space (which was not at all built for a bar, let alone one that meets current code) much further than most people could have imagined. Cheers all around.

Posted by josh | October 6, 2008 11:19 AM

too bad -- i just finally made it there. it's a really great space. but if they can make such a comfortable spot once, i think they've got enough talent to make it even better! best of luck in your next spot!!

Posted by joey | October 6, 2008 12:51 PM

I know a sprinkler system was a bit of a clusterfuck in the beginning...

Posted by MadDog | October 6, 2008 1:15 PM

That's balls!

Where will Ade do karaoke next?!? Someone tell me ASAP.

Posted by hohoho green giant | October 6, 2008 1:43 PM

@6: When does the Bus Stop re-open, maybe there?

Posted by A | October 6, 2008 1:58 PM

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