Uncategorized

Cobalt Cabaret the latest Vancouver venue set to close, but only temporarily

The operators of a popular Vancouver music venue are expressing frustration over the uncertainty being caused by looming repairs to the building.

The Cobalt Cabaret, a popular Main Street hangout known for its live music, announced Tuesday in an Instagram post that the bar would likely be closing “within the next few months” as the building undergoes “some much-needed upgrades.”

The announcement is sure to leave some bargoers displeased. But bar operator Ezra Kish says he’s unhappy with the vague update too, as it remains unclear even to him when these upgrades would begin.

As a music venue, the Cobalt often co-ordinates with bands planning cross-country tours, but that’s become increasingly difficult amid the uncertainty.

“I really don’t want to have to cancel on bands and promoters and stuff,” said Kish.

Kish said the primary reason for the update was to prepare people for that exact possibility, as well as quell rumours that the Cobalt was shutting its doors permanently.

“No, we are not closing forever,” Kish wrote in the earlier Instagram post.

Kish is in favour of the upgrades, however.

“We’re not being given a lot of straight answers, but I would hope that the level of repairs would be extensive,” he said.

The bar operates out of the Cobalt Hotel, that is owned by the Sahota family, who own several other venues in the Downtown Eastside, including the Balmoral Hotel. Last June, the city ordered the Balmoral shut down, citing structural concerns.

The Cobalt and the other bar in the building, called Boxcar, also are in need of repairs. But if and when the work begins, the process will likely put the venue out of commission.

READ ALSO  Artistic director of Vancouver art school steps down, but claims allegations are 'unfounded'

“I can’t even speculate (about the repairs), but I know the further they looked into the Balmoral, the more they found,” said Kish, who operates the Cobalt with business partner Patryk Drozd. “So I’m assuming we might be in the same boat.”

In the meantime, all Kish and the rest of the Cobalt staff can do is wait.

“We’re still keeping our fingers crossed that the repairs get made and hopefully within three or four moths we’re back in there and the place is better than ever.”

hmooney@postmedia.com

Follow @harrisonmooney

CLICK HERE to report a typo.

Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email vantips@postmedia.com.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

To Top
Show Buttons
Hide Buttons