After 18 Years, Lakewood Bar & Grill Closes

Categories: DFW Music News
The rent for Lakewood bars is too damn high. At least that's what we're learning this week as another area staple shutters its doors. 

Around 6 p.m. last night, Lakewood Bar & Grill updated its Facebook page with news of its abrupt closure. According to the update, the closure was unplanned as bands were booked out through October. Here's what it said:
"I am sad to say that after 18 years of serving the Lakewood area the LBG is closed! Thank you to all the bands that played and for all the customers that patronized us. To all the bands that are are booked I appologize for the last minute notice."
Lakewood Bar & Grill owner David Seeberger could not be reached for further comment after several attempts, but as Pegasus News reports, the landlord, Greenway Investment Company, locked the doors for non-payment of rent.

Guess this means that the Lakewood area Butthole Surfers tribute act, Sweatloaf, will have to find a new place to play.

The news comes as a shock especially since it arrives only one week after another longtime Lakewood favorite, The Balcony Club, announced that it was behind on its rent -- to the tune of $18,000. And, as the Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate noted yesterday, another Lakewood bar is soon to follow: The Lakewood Tavern will be shutting its doors for good in October, thanks to M Crowd Restaurant Group, who is leasing the bar's space along with the adjacent restaurant Matt's Rancho Martinez for a future Mi Cocina location.

Update Friday 10:05 a.m.: According to M Crowd spokesperson Hillary Gilbert, Mi Cocina will not be using the Lakewood Tavern space. They will only occupy the Matt's Rancho Martinez space.

Location Info

Lakewood Bar & Grill - CLOSED

6340 Gaston Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Balcony Club

1825 Abrams Parkway, Dallas, TX

Category: Music

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I'm sorry to see this place go.  They are a great supporter of the local music scene.


Well, when nobody wants to pay at the door, and everybody wants discounted drinks because they are a "regular", and every band believes they are owed $500 for 15 people coming to see them, eventually you run out of money to pay the rent which falls behind taxes and liquor costs and employee pay. Sad but really, this is the root of the problem. I see it happening all around town. There will be a lot more closures by the end of the year. The simple "shock" is, nobody can afford to spend money in bars anymore, and there really isn't enough talent in town to bring the people out. Electronic DJ hipster sports bar is about all that will be left. 

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