Dallas has seen a cultural surge in the neighborhood of Deep Ellum in the last few decades. The area has skyrocketed from hidden gem to spotlight and cultural hub for breweries, venues, artists, galleries, and general nightlife. It’s hard to hear then, that the neighborhood is losing one of its quintessential venues, The Door.
Russell Hobbs, the owner of The Door, spoke to NBC 5 about the venue’s previous success and its 1998 founding as a space “where artists, musicians, and performers could share their talents.”
The Door specialized in discovering and highlighting brand new bands, including artist who came to be huge names like Fall Out Boy, Motion City Soundtrack, 3Oh!3, and Paramore. Unfortunately, despite its sterling reputation, the financial situation proved to be dire. The venue is expected to be closing its doors this December.
Hobbs has cited the rising rent as the reason for closing and cited the gentrification of Deep Ellum as a cultural hub.
Never fear though, Hobbs is looking to open something similar to The Door outside of the neighborhood of Deep Ellum that would serve the same purpose. Let’s hope it happens early in 2018.
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