The Demo Closed Indefinitely Due to Noise Complaints from Grove Residents


  • Photo by Mabel Suen

In May the Demo (4191 Manchester Avenue) moved from its original location attached to Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester Avenue; 314-775-0775) to a space down the street next to the recently established Ready Room (4195 Manchester Avenue; 314-833-3929). Only a month later, on June 26, the music venue faced an immediate closure following formal noise complaints filed by neighborhood residents.

See also: The Demo's New Space in the Grove: First Look

The Demo's concert lineup, which features upward of 60 shows, faces cancellation or relocation to other local venues including the Ready Room and 2720 Cherokee. However, managing partners Brandon Cavanagh, Mike Cracchiolo and Jacob Snyder hope the venue's events will return to the intended space pending the success of the business' next steps. The Demo's bar, which previously operated under a conditional use catering permit, is currently undergoing an application for a full liquor license.

"We're continuing to work on the space as usual and are going through the appropriate legal processes to get approval. We're maintaining a dialogue with the neighbors as best we can," says Cracchiolo. "I want to see this have a positive resolution. There are neighbors that support us. We're continuing to talk to people about their concerns and are trying to follow due process."

To stay abreast of the Demo's calendar changes, check the Demo website and follow it on Facebook. Stay tuned for a full report including more insight from all sides involved.

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