[UPDATED] After Three Years, LaGrange Closes Its Doors

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Andrew Shepherd
The O's at LaGrange in 2010, for the Observer Music Awards Showcase
Original post, 8:50am: News came early this morning via LaGrange's Facebook page that the Deep Ellum club will be closing, and all scheduled shows, including tonight's David Ramirez show, will be moved:

It's a sad day! After a long 3 year journey, we are closing our Deep Ellum doors. We can't thank everyone enough for your support over the last few years. To our wonderful staff, the amazing musicians who came through the door, and all the fans, we thank you! All shows are being relocated if possible to our favorite venues, so please be on the lookout for updates on the page to find out where to see all your favorite bands. Many thanks to Kim Finch and the Doublewide for hosting our shows last night and this evening.

LaGrange hosted a pretty killer Observer music awards showcase set this past Saturday, and we're glad we got to hang out there one last time, but co-owner Stephanie Schumacher may have predicted this last year.

We'll miss those sno-cones, though. More info to come...

Update, 10:45am: Co-owner Stephanie Schumacher says they will still have their sno-cone truck in West Dallas. In regards to LaGrange, however, she re-emphasized it was always their intention to sell, and added that "[2011] was probably the time to sell [the club], but I held on to it. We always wanted to do one more thing, one more show. It was hard to let go."

Schumacher then echoed a refrain not unfamiliar to the small business owner in 2012: "At some point you just have to say you're broke."

She's not sure what will become of the space, but interested parties have already been calling. "It's going to be hour-to-hour... We had a quality place, and someone will see its potential."

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21 comments
MaybeIDo
MaybeIDo

Do not be fooled!! This past year that owner has just thrown money at this place. Money for yelp reviews, $ for likes and people were here on the Facebook site. Lost $ on all the shows so that this stinker of a club would seem successful to a sucker , I mean potential buyer. Just sell it for parts, the "package " is ghey.

WarrenC
WarrenC

It's a bummer, but the place just never seemed to be operating correctly. The space and patio area were the best part, no doubt. But most of the time the bartenders didn't know how to make decent cocktails that aren't jack-and-coke or vodka tonic. The beer selection was poor. The food was just weird and not good. The service (on the food side) was odd. Just bad management, I suppose.

 

I've heard the owner now say many times that the intention all along was to sell it. I think that speaks volumes about why it didn't last, had overlooked aspects. I want to sell my ideas too one day. But building something such as a public place for a community requires more of a commitment that just build-to-sell.

ChikkenWaffles
ChikkenWaffles

So, is Deep Ellum thriving again as we've been promised for the last 5 years or so?

garlandsucks
garlandsucks

Shouldve known this would happen after a herd of twats known as hipsters, with there michael jackson meets hall & oates wardrobe and ironic tattoos infested the supersuckers show.  Theres a reason why bands hate playing dallas and go to austin/elsewhere instead its the fucking hipsters and uptown douchebags that talk loudly throughout a whole concert and have fucking fashion photo shoots where they take 100 different poses and then brag about how good they look on instagram.  The men and women on stage hear and see this shit and they think to themselves "why the fuck would I want to play a city where nobody is even paying attention to the band"

knoncolleen
knoncolleen

So glad The Necro Tonz had the opportunity to perform there on Halloween...

ThreeOranges
ThreeOranges

Hmm, guess I won't be seeing Mike Dillon there next week. Which, sadly, would've been my first time there.

Coleman Chance
Coleman Chance

Weren't the owners looking to sell the "La Grange concept" about a year ago?

JalopenoGrigio
JalopenoGrigio

I figured something was up when they moved those shows to DW. Sad to see them go - it wasn't my favorite place to catch a show, but it wasn't my least favorite either.

John Juett
John Juett

Really a shame... Were some good local shows there

MaybeIDo
MaybeIDo

@garlandsucks I guess you never met the douche bag owners.

ThreeOranges
ThreeOranges

 @garlandsucks To quote Les Claypool onstage at McFarlin last week: "There's Dallas. Staring back at me."

garlandsucks
garlandsucks

 @ThreeOranges  @garlandsucks

 Just TRY going to a concert in Dallas area without seeing a group of hipster girls/guys turn their backs on the show and take atleast 25 iphone pictures in various poses and then spend another 10 minutes looking at/posting said photos.  You can't....Also the talking over quiet parts of the show has just gotten so far into the realm of ridiculousness its unbelievable.  These people do not somehow understand the difference between a bar and a concert venue. I am ashamed to live in this area, crowds in Austin, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, etc. do not behave like this I've seen first hand the difference.

censormeallyouwant
censormeallyouwant

 Doesn't seem to have anything to do with this situation. Lagrange didn't want for customers. The owners seemed to want nothing to do with it. They expected to be able to hand everything off to other people and just collect the check. That isn't how it works.

 

Anvil pub a couple doors down for example: Consistent customer base and every time I go in there the owner is around.

 

Trees reopened around the same time-- they seem to be doing fine.

 

A number of  other places have been open longer through harder times in that area than Lagrange. 

MaybeIDo
MaybeIDo

@WarrenC @garlandsucks @ThreeOranges huh

30k millionaires

Those douche bag owners at lagrange used to say that all the time.... They even have a sno cone named that.

Glad they're gone.

ChikkenWaffles
ChikkenWaffles

 @garlandsucks  @ThreeOranges Truth. Some douchebag ruined the Swans show at the Gilley's last year by arriving during one of the last songs, pushing his way to the front, and answering a call during one of the quiet moments. The band just stopped and walked off stage.

garlandsucks
garlandsucks

 @WarrenC  @ThreeOranges

 You expect these reg folks at verizon or starplex at the rob zombie concert, but when your at a hole in the wall venue seeing a underground punk band that maybe has gone gold once....it just makes zero sense

WarrenC
WarrenC

 @garlandsucks  @ThreeOranges What? I typically find it's the yuppies, jocks or 30k millionaires who are yapping, on their phones and not paying attention at shows. Not the hipsters.

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