Friday, June 6, 2008

Property sold, Lenny's faces another move when lease expires

Posted By on Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 11:21 PM

Lenny's in Old Fourth Ward will have to find a new location when its lease expires in two years. The sale of the strip mall in which it's located at the corner of Decatur Avenue and Boulevard was finalized today for $3.3 million to a group of investors.

"For us, it just means in 2-3 years we'll probably have to move again," says Bean Summer, the music venue's booking agent. "On a larger scale, I think it's a horrible trend for the city. I think they're pushing out culture and making really ugly choices. They're losing control of whatever the beauty of Atlanta is becoming. What are we going to do as a city if we have miles and miles of apartments and nothing to do?"

He stresses that the popular music venue is not closing and hopes they'll own the next location or relocate to a neighborhood less likely to force another move. Lenny's moved to its current location in August 2006 after its old spot on Memorial Drive was sold.

"I hope people know that we're going to keep going and we're going to keep booking shows," Summer says. "Yeah, we've had a lot of 'public issues' that have happened to us, but somehow we keep going. But you never know when a tornado is going to hit and gentrification is going to push us out and out."

In March, the venue received a direct hit by the tornado that swept across the city. It managed to open its doors the next night. Summer says the current landlords purchased the property a month before the tornado struck the popular music venue.

"We dealt with having to move, being directly hit by a tornado, and now this," Summer said. "But we're going to try to find a new location. We're going to have the most fun we can in that building for the next two years, have as many great shows as possible, and continue to be a part of the local music scene. Lenny's will keep going. We keep fighting. It doesn't matter what people throw in front of us, we're gonna keep going somehow."

Click here to read about Lenny's on the night of the March tornado.

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