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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Official Word on the War Room: Shutting Its Doors, Future Uncertain

Posted by on Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 9:29 AM

Line Out reported on Monday that the War Room would either be shutting its doors or finding new ownership by the end of the month. Today, the official press release, and this note from the club spokesperson Kerri Harrop:

Hello friends.

It is with no joy that I bring you this news. On November 30, the current War Room ownership will shutter its doors. The future of the venue remains to be determined.

On a professional level, I hate to see a good club close down.

On a personal level, my heart is nearly broken. The War Room has been the best clubhouse imaginable, for more than a minute. I celebrated my 40th birthday there. My 38th, too. We’ve ushered in great political change in that room, and said goodbye to dear friends under its roof.

And, we have partied our balls off up in that piece.

Full press release after the jump.

CAPITOL HILL NIGHTCLUB THE WAR ROOM WILL CLOSE NOVEMBER 30, FUTURE REMAINS UNCERTAIN


Seattle, WA, November 10, 2009 — After nearly five years of holding down the block at Harvard and Pike, on Capitol Hill, the War Room’s current ownership will close its doors November 30. The future of the popular nightclub remains uncertain.

The club, which opened in March, 2005, is officially for sale. Although there are interested buyers in place, no change of ownership has yet been confirmed.

“We feel like we’ve had a good run of it,” said Marcus Lalario. “It’s time to move on to other projects, while we’re ahead of the game.” Lalario and his business partner, Brian Rauschenbach, will continue to run their other joint venture, bar/eatery Captain Blacks, and both remain invested in a variety of Seattle businesses.

The War Room made an immediate impact on Seattle nightlife, with popular DJ nights and a slew of live entertainment. With its open-air rooftop deck and tasteful modern décor, the venue quickly became a favorite amongst club goers.

Known primarily for hip hop and dance nights such as Yo, Son!, Ring The Alarm, Cherry, Hot Mess, and 2080’s, the mid-size venue also played host to a variety of live shows over the years.

Band of Horses, Cave Singers, Wolf Parade, Chromeo, and Brawley Banks are just a few of the bands to play the War Room. Most recently, the club hosted a pre-Halloween show with Mad Rad and Champagne Champagne, where Mayor-elect Mike McGinn took the stage to introduce the headliners.

“It was one of our favorite shows to date,” said Peter Robinson, aka P SMOOV, of Mad Rad. “And the fact that the Mayor welcomed us back to Party Mountain really made it extra awesome.”

With custom artwork from Shepard Fairey/OBEY gracing its walls, and a host of fundraisers, benefits, and politically minded events under its belt, the War Room has successfully melded nightlife culture with loftier pursuits over the years.

“One of our most memorable nights to date was definitely the Obama Election Party,” Rauschenbach said, recalling the capacity crowd and overwhelming goodwill. “We had everyone from Pearl Jam to almost every local DJ of note in the house, all hugging and celebrating.” The event raised thousands of dollars for local nonprofit, Treehouse For Kids.

The War Room also served as campaign headquarters for Mayor-elect Mike McGinn on Election Night.

“We honestly feel like we made a difference in the city with the War Room,” Lalario said. “But, with so many issues still facing nightlife, we’re ready to move on. The liquor tax increase, mounting pressures from the City and State helped us make the decision,” he added.

Lalario confirmed that War Room staff members, as well as promoters that work with the venue, were notified of the impending closure last week.

“We’ve been blessed with a tremendous staff over the years,” Lalario said. “We’ve been lucky to work with so many great people over the years, and we’ve got nothing but love for our crew.”

 

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danindowntown 1
I will miss happy hour on their deck during the summer. Let's hope the new owners don't try to turn it into some sort of Pioneer Square/Belltownish joint ala Club Lagoon or the place that briefly occupied the space between it's iterations as Blue and The War Room.
Posted by danindowntown on November 11, 2009 at 9:55 AM · Report this
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I'm sad to see this go. I've had so many amazing times there. Marcus and Brian rule as owners and leaders in this city. Seattle is a little less great today with this loss and 1000's of people will agree with me on that front.

Looking forward to the next move from them.
Posted by Steven Severin on November 11, 2009 at 10:03 AM · Report this
meowmeowkitty 3
Horrible news. I see no upside to this.
Posted by meowmeowkitty on November 11, 2009 at 10:06 AM · Report this
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This sucks.
Posted by suck on November 11, 2009 at 10:12 AM · Report this
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Wow, totally shameless and irrelevant Mad Rad plug in there.
Somebody is getting their money's worth.
Posted by Will P.R. For Food on November 11, 2009 at 10:20 AM · Report this
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good riddance. how much do you want to bet the number of gay bashings goes down on the weekends in that neighborhood?
Posted by not a war room fan on November 11, 2009 at 11:14 AM · Report this
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@not a war room fan:

You know the War Room hosted MANY gay nights, right?
Posted by war room fan on November 11, 2009 at 11:46 AM · Report this
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so did sugar, war room fan. what's your point?
Posted by not a war room fan on November 11, 2009 at 11:55 AM · Report this
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thanks for the memories... i've been there from day one. we did a monthly party together. gettin' ________* at the war room. remember that? and for the last 2 summers on wednesdays, i've graced your rooftop with happy hour tunes. thanks again! you will be missed...
Posted by fortune kiki on November 11, 2009 at 12:00 PM · Report this
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war room fan, i am with you. not war room fan...it's not the club, it's wayyyy more complcated than that! We have had some fun at The War Room doing nights like Hot Mess and Hard Times currently. The whole situation has been great - sans the frequent visits from Officer O Niel (sp?). Love everyone who has been involved with The War Room and look forward to working with you, and seeing you grow and develop as the years go by!
Posted by urnumber2 on November 11, 2009 at 12:29 PM · Report this
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MAD RAD PR PLUG WHAT THE FUCK
Posted by seriously what the fuck on November 11, 2009 at 1:49 PM · Report this
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can we find a way to get officer john o'neill reprimanded somehow? everyone knows he's a douchebag who gets his kicks from killing joy
Posted by JT oooo on November 11, 2009 at 2:55 PM · Report this
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Funny that you say that JT because it proves you know jack shit.
Without inquiring the help of Ofc. O'Neil, Mad Rad would have not been able to play the War Room since they begged, pleaded, and cried to him at a meeting about how the bar ban they brought upon themselves is hurting the "career" they have in Seattle.
Don't believe me? Ask them your own damn self...though they will probably lie and you won't believe it because it was never printed in The Stranger...
Posted by I should know, I was there and it was hilarious. on November 11, 2009 at 3:59 PM · Report this
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Good riddance! Sick of all the threats to gay guys just walking past the place. The War Room brought the wrong crowd to the hill!
Posted by grantman on November 11, 2009 at 4:26 PM · Report this
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What is the right crowd to "The Hill"? Haven't you looked around lately? Capitol Hill is no longer strictly a gay community. Your statement is pretty ignorant especially if you are gay yourself. The sad thing here is that a bunch of people, some of which might be your neighbors that worked in this establishment are now without work, the city won't be collecting taxes to go to public safety from this business, vendors they worked with will lose business, neighboring businesses that made money from their patrons via parking, food, etc will lose business. This is sad sad news and you are a sad person for having such a narrow self-serving perspective on this. I happen to own a small non-related business nearby and am saddened by this news as a business owner.
Posted by Stacey Bowie on November 11, 2009 at 5:07 PM · Report this
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As a homo on the hill, and someone who has worked with most of the staff before, I'll be sad to see it go. I've had some serious fun there. I enjoy the nights you had there. Good Luck with your other adventures Marcus. Shannon
Posted by angryboyproductions on November 11, 2009 at 5:07 PM · Report this
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the right crowd on the hill is a crowd that doesn't get enraged and start attacking people when they see lgbt people walking down the street. that is the kind of crowd that came to yo son.
Posted by not a war room fan on November 11, 2009 at 5:09 PM · Report this
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first of all gays dont own the hill, sure things were different ten years ago, but look who lived there forty years ago, times change. also, just because some hate filled person shopped at the QFC dosnt mean you should shut it down for selling to him either. finally MAD RAD haters please go somewhere else to complain, your comments are far more irrelevant than the quote from psmoov.
Posted by gay and not because I hate others on November 11, 2009 at 6:01 PM · Report this
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#18,

I like Mad Rad, but it's curious they'd be quoted about the closing of a bar/club they were banned from within the last year.

Posted by Jeff on November 11, 2009 at 6:13 PM · Report this
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Mad Rad and Champagne Champagne are mentioned because of their relevance to the closure: they are the most recent bands to play the room. And, their introduction from Mike McGinn is the first time a political candidate has done such a thing at the War Room.

God. Go ahead and hate Mad Rad but, really, does every comment thread have to turn into bitchfest about them?
Posted by kerri harrop http://generalbonkers.com on November 11, 2009 at 6:27 PM · Report this
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no kerri, just your whore self whoring out your little boys.
Posted by you are like twice their age as well on November 11, 2009 at 9:32 PM · Report this
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Posted by WORST. PR MANAGER FOR WORST 'BAND'. EVER on November 11, 2009 at 9:42 PM · Report this
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There is nothing bad about this. Every night that's taken place at the War Room is easily moved/replaceable, and the bro-centric assholes perpetuating violence and bigotry that seem to populate some of their other nights will certainly not be missed.

Also, if you are in fact 40 Kerri, you should never use the phrase "partied our balls off up in that piece" ever again.
Posted by DamnSon on November 11, 2009 at 10:44 PM · Report this
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Haha kerri rules eat a dick. i'll always remember the war room helping me hide, always remember the dumb girls that loved the Z&%&^^(. How many babies did i make in the bathroom!!
Posted by hate city fuck face on November 12, 2009 at 2:33 AM · Report this
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Haha kerri rules eat a dick. i'll always remember the war room helping me hide from the cops, always remember the dumb girls that loved the Z&%&^^(. How many babies did i make in the bathroom!!
Posted by hate city fuck face on November 12, 2009 at 2:36 AM · Report this
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Yes Mad Rad sucks, actually theyre downright horrible, but i can see why it made sense to mention them, being they were the last band who played. Also, yes the crowd which attended Yo Son in the last year was slowly getting out of hand. For the longest time though, the war room crowd no matter what night was very pleasant. Gay or straight that is a fact. I can see the venue being vacant for a while...which is just really sad!
Posted by Signage on November 12, 2009 at 4:43 AM · Report this
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Call Kerri a whore to her face while I'm standing there fool and you'll have more to worry about than just being a ignorant prick.
Posted by hoss on November 12, 2009 at 5:22 PM · Report this
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#21- Yikes! How do you manage to breathe without choking on all that hate? Try flipping it around sometime. Spend time saying something positive about someone else. You might be surprised at how it feels. And you might someday end up with as many people loving you, as they do Kerri.
Posted by WeCarryTheFire on November 13, 2009 at 2:02 AM · Report this
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Kerri Harrop is akin to the older, fatter, college weirdo showing up at High School parties promising to buy the kids beer. She's a loser, plain and simple. There is nothing more pathetic than a washed-up, never-been, loser like Kerri pimping guys HALF HER FUCKING AGE. Seriously dude, act your age.
Posted by You ain't "hip", brah on November 13, 2009 at 10:23 PM · Report this
undead ayn rand 30
"How many babies did i make in the bathroom!!"

none, from the sound of it.
Posted by undead ayn rand on November 17, 2009 at 9:34 AM · Report this

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