The Williamsburg bar/club Bruar Falls, founded by the proprietors of Cake Shop and the Library Bar, will “cease to exist on November 1,” according to a statement posted by the founders. Proprietors of the venue, which opened in the spring of 2009, sent out the announcement just as the weekend was beginning; reasons for the club’s demise include the old standby “creative differences,” as well as a “hard-to-honor midnight curfew,” and financial difficulties that cropped up, the statement says, in part because there are just way too many places in Williamsburg where one can see live music. (“It was soon apparent to us, however, that people in Williamsburg have lots of other options to see bands,” said the statement. “We love and are inspired by these places, but really, between loft/warehouse parties and D.I.Y. spots, where you can bring in your own cheap beer, smoke inside and hit on the same people…we totally understand why it’s hard to spend money at your local legit small club. It is difficult not to be a bit jealous of their freedom, but we have always worked hard to be in for the long haul.”) The full text below.
It is with great sadness and a touch of disappointment that Nick and Andy Bodor from Cake Shop are announcing the closing of Bruar Falls, our sister venue in Williamsburg.
After two and a half quick years, Bruar Falls will cease to exist on November 1st 2011. We opened with nothing but optimism and excitement, after designing and building our ideal combination of a local jukebox bar with a stage to showcase all the great bands coming out of Brooklyn. It was soon apparent to us, however, that people in Williamsburg have lots of other options to see bands. We love and are inspired by these places, but really, between loft/warehouse parties and D.I.Y spots, where you can bring in your own cheap beer, smoke inside and hit on the same people…we totally understand why it’s hard to spend money at your local legit small club. It is difficult not to be a bit jealous of their freedom, but we have always worked hard to be in for the long haul.
Our closure is not a victim of Whole Foods’ bulldozers, nor did we get our sound equipment stolen by thieving assholes. Actually, we wish it was something that dramatic and awful. No, its due to the classic creative differences issue, plus the fact that we had to maintain a hard-to-honor midnight curfew; and the simple fact that if you can’t bring in enough money to pay your bills (no matter how low your rent is), you can not stay in business. At this point, it is actually way easier to shut down, save the name for another location, and start anew.
We created Bruar Falls to assist in nurturing the Brooklyn independent music scene, and help the bands that continually inspire us. We hoped to serve as a Williamsburg outpost for the bands that enjoyed the NYC Cake Shop experience in the borough where many of them live. We wanted a place where fledgling bands played for free to get started and be seen by their peers before maybe going on to bigger rooms and more pay. Many larger-stature bands played here to intimate crowds to help keep everything in perspective. We hold most every band that played here close to our hearts.
Of course, Cake Shop will continue with your help, we are now better than ever: we are developing our ongoing filmed-band series, “Cakeshop Presents” on www.cake-shop.com (which you can check often for new videos). We will be starting “Cakeshop/Capeshok Presents” bills at larger area clubs, featuring Cake Shop graduates. Our partner and us are close to announcing the Cake Shop club experience to another area of the world (location TBA) in late 2012.
So… Thank you to every single band that ever graced our stage. Thanks to each and every crowd member who paid for those bands, thanks to all who sweated through their shirts when the AC was busted. And huge thanks to the incredible local and touring talent that played for peanuts all in the name of art, rock & roll, and a good time.
Please support Bruar Falls the entire month of October for our last CMJ Music Marathon, and crazy Halloween closing-night parties. We want everyone to take a few last glances at the club, but we really need your help to get out of debt. Both Nick and Andy have been working for free to keep Bruar Falls going as long as we could, and we have many bills that need to be paid so that we can walk away…We will be offering drink specials and hoping to secure only the best bands in our final month.
Continue to check www.cake-shop.com, for what we will be up to next. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn about upcoming secret shows and drink deals…and thank you for your endless support for anything we love enough to attach our name to.