by Joseph Hess
Now for some bittersweet news: The Gramophone (4243 Manchester Avenue; 314-531-5700) has announced plans to close its doors in January for remodeling. The beloved Grove venue will reopen in February with an expanded menu and a new focus on beer and alcohol. The Gramophone still plans to offer the occasional live bands and DJs on select weekends.
The news came via the venue's Facebook page:
We have some pretty big news everybody and we wanted to tell you guys first. After almost 7 amazing years throwing over 1800 concerts here at The Gramophone, we are changing our format next year. Since we showed up on Manchester in 2008 we have been a ticketed destination concert club. Starting in February 2015 we are going to be your 6 day week stop in anytime for a bite and a beer spot in The Grove. We will have regular hours (11-3 Tues-Sun), more beers, more cocktails, more food, more seating and NO COVER EVER. We will have some live music and some DJs on the weekends but most of the time we will have a great hand picked soundtrack on our new stereo at a level that you can talk at without yelling. We will be closed in January for remodeling and are going to reopen in early February. We very much understand that this is going to be upsetting for some of you, and it was not an easy call on our part but we know it's the right thing to do for us. To everyone who has supported us as a music venue and to all the bands who have ever played the stage, we just want to say thank you and we hope that you will give us a chance to earn your business in 2015. Also Scott says that our sandwiches will soon take over the world.
Some of the venue's fans are skeptical about the new sandwich-slinging direction, as made evident by the very first Facebook comment:
Dan Niederschulte Oh boy, how nice, we all know there's no place to get a beer and a sandwich in St. Louis and the clubs with original music just litter the landscape. It's great that this will no longer be a unique place to see a great show! I can't wait for another fucking bar with DJs and "some" live music!
OK, so maybe that comment was a bit harsh, but it reflects the passion of dedicated concertgoers. Despite that, the Gramophone seems to be confident in its new direction, taking the criticism in stride:
The Gramophone We will still have some live music. Our hours will be 11am-3am Tues-Sunday. This was a hard decision for us to come too. Thanks for all the positive support.
January is still a ways away, though. Check our concert calendar for upcoming events at the Gramophone. More news to come as we learn it.
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