Monday, March 18, 2019
TKC FACT CHECK: SKETCHY UPTOWN ARTS BAR SHUTS DOWN!!! KANSAS CITY BROADWAY CORRIDOR STRUGGLES!!!
The Uptown Arts Bar was always kind of a dump that had worsened in recent years with a clientele that was more interested in "recreational" adventures than any creative endeavor.
And so . . . The inevitable switcheroo happened today:
Uptown Arts Bar closes abruptly; new management to take over venue
“Friends! As of today, March 18th, the Uptown Arts Bar is changing ownership and mission. We will be closing down for a short time while the new owners get the venue set up and ready for their exciting, new concept. We'll let them tell ya'll more about that as time goes on, so keep an eye out on this page for news from them, but we do know that Poetic Underground, Kansas City Poetry Slam, Middle of the Mic, and Sheri Hall's Community Poetry Workshop will continue as usual. Niche is closing and all currently booked shows have sadly been canceled. Look for your favorite shows at new venues soon! Take a moment to go like their page if you haven't already so you can keep up with them! We are honored to have worked with so many amazing artists! Greg Patterson and the staff at Arts Bar extend the greatest thanks and love to you, our wonderful arts community, for seven stunning years of performing arts on our stage. Our time together has truly been magical.”
There's fake news about a jazz takeover but readers who pay close attention realize the jazz never worked near this location. Yes, the Green Lady Owner John Scott has signed the new lease but it'll be surprising to see if he goes with a Jazz format.
To be fair, there are a few thriving businesses near this area under sober management. But deep pockets and years of commitment are required to maintain an an establishment in this part of town that hosts nearly as many hobos as paying customers.
Developing . . .