The Metro Cafe shut down unexpectedly at the end of August due to plumbing problems, and its owners have decided to make the closing permanent. All scheduled performances have been canceled.
The club had been slated to close next month because of commercial development on that block, but the owners said that repairing the broken pipes to remain open mere weeks wasn't worth the cost. "It's killing me that I had to cancel so many shows," says club booker and co-owner Nick Nichols, "but a realistic decision had to be made."
As for rumors of a possible relocation, Nichols says there are plans to reopen sometime in the fall but the location is still undetermined. "We've been in the market for a new location ever since we were told we had to vacate the premises," Nichols says. Open since October 1997, the Metro Cafe held about 200 people and had carved a nightlife niche for itself by booking nationally known and local bands, theater, DJ dance nights, spoken word and film seven nights a week. "I still want to offer all that," Nichols says, "but in an even better space. Metro Cafe is not done. You can quote me on that."
-- Eric Brace