Can anyone confirm that the Elbow Room has once again closed its doors?


According to my friend Andy, there’s a sign on their door that says, “closed until sold.” If anyone has details, I’d love to hear them.

[Our last “The Elbow Room is Closing” thread can be found here.]

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  1. K2
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    What ever happened with the lawsuit that the owner of the Elbow Room brought against Andy Garris? Was it thrown out?

  2. Andrew Jason Clock
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    scuttle but: yes they are closed, scheduled shows are moved to Live @ PJ’s in Ann Arbor. Fail. I hope Red Rock opens soon and still plans to have music. It would also be nice if there were shows at the Tap Room, but I gather they’re not really interested in anything that’s not blues or covers.

  3. Anne
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    There was a horribly written ad on Craigslist attempting to sell the place w/ liquor license for $250k

  4. Watching Laughing.
    Posted May 28, 2011 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Any word as to what’s the latest status of the closed, Pub-13, Savoy/Devine, etc Dave Curtis businesses?
    Anybody have any info on what Curtis is up to now?

    Thank you,

    Watching Laughing?

  5. Mr. X
    Posted May 28, 2011 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Word on the street is that Curtis set up a piano bar in Jackson.

  6. Mr. X
    Posted May 28, 2011 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    If all the readers of contributed $50,000, we could buy the Elbow Room.

  7. Mr. X
    Posted May 28, 2011 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    Here’s the listing.

    $250000 Elbow Room Club Bar (Ypsilanti downtown) (map)

    Date: 2011-05-23, 8:46AM EDT
    Reply to: see below [Errors when replying to ads?]

    Elbow room business, 6-12 S Washington, property and liqour license –
    Everything included, turn key.
    Call Jay, 734-223-6457

    Washington at Michigan (google map) (yahoo map)
    Location: Ypsilanti downtown
    it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

    How much is a liquor license by itself these days?

  8. Watching Laughing.
    Posted May 28, 2011 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Mr. X,

    Thank you for the info.

    Watching Laughing.

  9. Watching Laughing.
    Posted May 28, 2011 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Mr. X,

    Do you have info on Mr. Curtis venture in Jackson or is it just in the early stages of happening?

    Watching Laughing.

  10. Posted May 28, 2011 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    I think we should get iffy pop to buy it.

  11. JSam
    Posted May 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    I did hear that Dave has another bar.

  12. watching Laughing.
    Posted May 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    Where is the bar?

    Thank you,

    Watching Laughing.

  13. Katy
    Posted May 28, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    Why is everyone looking at me?

  14. Christine M
    Posted May 29, 2011 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    The really sad part of this is that I didn’t know it ever reopened.

  15. josh
    Posted May 29, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    I recall seeing Pub 13 listed for sale at around $550k. I’m too lazy to find the listing again though.

  16. fred22
    Posted June 6, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Yep, mismanaged and closed again. Word is the recent guy running got busted by the LCC for being drunk and now can’t own a liqour license, so he got tossed out by the owner. Can’t blame them. Seems the place was starting to ramp up pretty decently. The previous mgr garris was busted for embezzelment of over 300k, he will soon be in the slammer.

  17. Andrew Jason Clock
    Posted June 15, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Again on Craig’s List, this time with the following enticement:
    The liquor license could be used anywhere in the county, but this is a package deal. How about 2 businesses???
    Open another establishment in AA with the license and rent out the Ypsi. location.

  18. Posted June 15, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think that’s how it works.

  19. Posted March 7, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Buried in a Concentrate story about the live music scene that came out today is a mention of the fact that Elbow Room is reopening. Here’s the paragraph in question. (The Garris quoted is Andy Garris, the owner of Woodruff’s.)

    “When fewer people go to shows it’s easier for smaller venues to carry nights,” says Garris. “If we get 40 people out on a Tuesday night it’s still a great atmosphere. Live music is growing in Ypsilanti. I hear Red Rock will have live music. The Elbow Room is reopening. I’d love it if we could ultimately build to a level where we have enough successful venues for local acts to play so we don’t have to give them away to the Crofoot or Detroit.”

  20. Posted March 8, 2012 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    I’ve heard this rumor from others as well–sale is in the works

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