Beloved Mission club will close in November to make way for condos.
By Marke B.
APRIL 23, 2015 — The owners of storied Mission hangout Elbo Room — which hosts/has hosted some of my favorite parties, concerts, and reading nights, including Dub Mission, 120 Minutes, Afrolicious, Literary Death Match, Tormenta Tropical, Body Shock, and Sweater Funk — are going ahead with their questionable plan to convert the building into condos so they can have a place to retire. (They currently live across the street.)
Thus, they are not renewing the Elbo Room’s lease, which runs out in November. Many of the parties — and even the owners of the Elbo Room itself (the club, not the building) — have started the scramble to find a new home. DJ Sep of reggae mainstay Dub Mission on Sundays, one of the city’s longest-running weekly parties, wrote last night in a Facebook post:
“It’s not what any of us wanted to hear. Elbo is much more than just a venue. It’s where Dub Mission started more than 18 and a half years ago. We consider it home. Matt Shapiro, Erik Cantu, and the club’s supportive staff are all part of the reason for Dub Mission’s longevity and success.
“Dub Mission WILL continue at the club until its lease runs out in November and we‘re very happy to hear that they’re committed to finding a new spot. If you have any ideas (it doesn’t have to be a bar/club, it can just be a great spot), please contact [email protected] Long live Elbo Room!”
Here’s the official announcement from the Elbo Room: