Remember the word that East Village bar/performance space/drollery Mo Pitkin's House of Satisfaction would remain open while the building owners shopped it for $5.5 million? Er, not so much. In an email to performers booked at the space that went out last night, the venue reveals its last day will be October 20—and that, uh, press coverage is the culprit:
Dear Mo's Performers, We're sorry to say, but Mo Pitkin's will be closing on October 20th, 2007, with a closing night party/performance on October 21st at 8pm. Building our bi-level performance space was an enormous undertaking, done with a lot of love, but it created a debt load that the club just could not sustain. Our deepest apologies to all those with gigs subsequent to that; with the recent press articles about our "imminent" closing, it's just become impossible for us to continue to stay open.
Many of you have been with us a long time, and appeared often on our stages; some were coming for the first time; to all of you, we send huge gratitude for making Mo's such a special place in such a short time. We're really proud of the great talent we've launched and the amazing performers we've nurtured, and wish everyone the best moving forward. We hope the building's new owners (whoever they will be) will continue to provide a venue for local talent, and that all the love and care we put into building Mo Pitkin's will live on long into the future.A moment of silence, please.
With Respect and Gratitude,
Phil & Jesse Hartman, Co-Proprietors
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