NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Efforts to assist save Nashville’s iconic Exit/In seem to have failed because the venue introduced Monday it should shut later this month.
Homeowners Chris and Telisha Cobb posted an announcement on social media, which reads:
Exit/In is closing Thanksgiving, as our lease ends on the finish of the yr. It seems that 51 years of native, unbiased possession and operation have come to an finish. We’re humbled to host this final run of concert events with buddies from many eras gracing our stage once more. There have been too many unimaginable moments to rely over the 18 years we’ve stewarded Exit/In. It’s an extremely particular place that we’re so lucky to have been part of. Thanks to everybody who’s been a part of the prolonged Exit/In household. Hurry Again will stay open into December, however will shut earlier than yr’s finish.
We don’t have a transparent image of what the longer term holds for Exit/In. We do know there’s a historic overlay on the constructing (and the Exit/In constructing solely). The precise impact of this zoning relies on the Historic Fee, but it surely ought to stop full destruction of the constructing. This zoning may be modified, like another native zoning. You’ll be able to thank yourselves and public strain for this historic zoning safety.
Over 4000 individuals donated to the Maintain Exit/In Unbiased GoFundMe. Revisiting the variety of donations and outcry of help provides us hope for the longer term and has allowed us to proceed preventing. As said from the start, the funds raised might be donated to MVAN and NIVA as soon as this course of has finalized.
We love this wholeheartedly however usually are not of with many present developments round right here. We all know Nashville wants Exit/In and unbiased venues prefer it to proceed our neighborhood of artists, musicians, and the complete ecosystem they heart.
Thanks once more most humbly and sincerely for all of your help, for all of the exhibits, and all of the reminiscences.
The Exit/In household and Chris and Telisha Cobb
The Cobbs additionally personal the adjoining Hurry Again property, which was previously a TGI Fridays.
Organizers launched fundraising efforts to save the venue from luxurious lodge builders after the property went “beneath contract to a agency that’s buying unbiased venues.”
Council member Jeff Syracuse advised Information 2 in 2021 that dropping Exit/In can be an irreplaceable loss although this isn’t the primary time town’s tradition has been threatened resulting from progress.
“We’ve got tenants in older buildings, however they don’t personal the property and when you’ve giant financial booms like we’re going by, the cash is simply too nice. Sadly, we’re a sufferer of our personal success. We’re dropping our tradition proper now as we’re celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Exit/In,” Syracuse mentioned.
Mayor John Cooper expressed his help for Exit/In on social media again in 2021, saying he hoped the present proprietor or any future house owners will shield the landmark venue so it might thrive one other 50 years.
Exit/In opened its doorways in 1971. Everybody from Jimmy Buffet and Johnny Money to the B-52’s and Steve Martin have taken the stage at Exit/In.
The property was bought in 2021 by AJ Capital Companions, which owns the Graduate Resorts chain. The GoFundMe for Exit/In increase greater than $270,000.