The beloved downtown bar and rock venue The Jinx announced today that July 11 will be its last day in operation at 127 W. Congress St.
"After almost 17 years of amazing shows, unrivaled spectacles, and some of the most special moments in life, COVID-19 has left us unable to pay rent and, subsequently we are being evicted," posted owner/founder Susanne Warnekros early Thursday afternoon.
While the news came as a shock to many in Savannah's music community, it wasn't a total surprise.
"This was eventually inevitable as our lease was to run out 12-31-2020 and we have been actively looking for a new spot for over a year," Warnekros said.
"Our plan is to find a smaller home for now while the world rights itself, this unexpected and unprecedented time WILL pass, and we will reinvent ourselves and find a new home for us sooner, rather that later," she said.
"There’s no amount of money that could remedy this situation, we know many of you will want to donate in an effort to save us, but it’s just not even possible by no fault of our own. We do ask that you give us time to regroup and deal with this, and once we’ve found a new home, we ABSOLUTELY need you very much to help spread the word and fundraise for that!"
Prior to its long run as The Jinx, the space was home to the rock club Velvet Elvis.
Economic and medical uncertainties have cast a long shadow over the local music world, with new venue Victory North having to retool for private events in the wake of the state shutdown of performance venues.
Live music remains a rare thrill indeed in Savannah, with the occasional outdoor or courtyard show currently the only viable options.
In the meantime, Warnekros says that the venue will have last hurrah of sorts before shutting its doors for good.
"We have very limited hours right now while we navigate COVID to keep everyone safe, we are all getting tested and will announce our new hours ASAP," Warnekros said..
"It’s very important to us that everyone to have time to say goodbye to this very most special of venues so please come by sometime before July 11th as that will be our last day open to the public. We have a couple of shows we are planning and as soon as we can lock it down, we will give you advance notice of them and when tickets will go on sale."