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Red 7 to Close at End of September

In Austin’s Red River Cultural District, the 9-year-old venue Red 7 is closing at the end of September. The venue’s management could not come to terms with the owner on a new lease.

The venue and bar space at 611 E. 7th St. is listed at $14,000 a month, and the current managers were paying "around $10,000," Red 7 partner and Transmission Events co-owner Graham Williams says. 

"That's the nature of the beast," Williams says. "I was born and raised here. I've seen a hundred clubs open and close. Some of my favorite places to see bands when I was younger are no longer here, yet there's a bigger music scene than there ever was."

Williams and other Red 7 partners Jared Cannon, Tyson Swindell, Richard Napierkowski and Benjamin Corwin are teaming up with Elysium owner John Wickham to open a new bar called Sidewinder in a space formerly occupied by Red Eyed Fly at 715 Red River St. The space will be renovated and decorated by Prototype Vintage, according to a press release

“I’m really excited about the future for this," Swindell says. "I know this is a very bittersweet moment for me and for the Red 7 guys, but Austin is changing, and to be a successful business owner, you have to be able to roll with that stuff.” 

The news about Red 7 comes weeks after a neighboring venue, Holy Mountain, announced it's closing at the end of September, because its manager also could not afford a rent increase

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @KUTnathan.
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