In what's become a common plot line on Washington Avenue, the McGowan brothers asked Velvet to move out after tripling the rent on their space. The venerable dance hall is celebrating its tenth anniversary on Saturday, an unheard of feat of longevity in the quick-turnover world of nightclubs.
Here's what Velvet's Doug Hall had to say about it in Velvet's online forums:
Early last week we recieved a vauge phone message from one of the McGowans requesting we vacate the property by the end of October. This came as a shock to us as we were promised last year that we would alway be given at least 90 days warning. We deeply regret the short notice please understand if it were up to us we would at least stretch this through NYE. Our last official night will be the 29th of October.
We will not relocate Velvet however we are looking for a venue to do our AMP shows and to maybe do some of our sat night shows.
When Washington Avenue's developers have succeeded in recreating Plaza Frontenac, will anyone go there?