Mezzanine Lost Its Lease, Will Close in October 2019

Peter Lawrence Kane, reporting for SF Weekly:

First it was the Elbo Room, then the Hemlock Lounge. Storied SoMa venue Mezzanine announced this morning that the landlords have declined to renew the lease, and the club will have to close its doors in October 2019. At least 35 employees are expected to lose their jobs when San Francisco’s largest female-owned, independent space shutters for good. […]

In a statement, Mezzanine owner Deborah Jackman said, “I was disappointed that the owners of the building didn’t give me an opportunity to renegotiate a new lease. I was further disappointed that my request for a three-month extension, so that we could close out 2019 was rejected. What I find most disturbing is that Mezzanine, like so many other cultural institutions, has fallen victim to corporate greed and commercial development.”

What a shame. Mezzanine is the venue where we held The Talk Show Live From WWDC from 2013-2016, and it was a fantastic venue with a wonderful staff. Maybe we’ll fit one more live episode from Mezzanine in before they close doors.

Saturday, 24 November 2018