Brass House, the locally owned jazz and blues bar on San Jacinto Boulevard, is closing. The jazz club only will remain open this Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7 before shutting its doors for good.
In a Facebook post last Thursday, owner Jason White shared the news:
Due to the rising tide of the downtown Austin rental market, lack of free parking, and unforeseen circumstances, Brass House will be closing its doors permanently. We will operate the Jazz Club bar only, Friday and Saturday, for the following two weekends then close completely. Please come out and support the Austin live music scene and staff as we say good bye. Thank you for all your love and support these past four years!
Last summer, Brass House experienced financial struggles and had to raise funds for operating capital or risk eviction. A GoFundMe campaign raised less than $6,000 of its $50,000 goal.
According to its GoFundMe page, White and co-owner Gene Todorov decided to open Brass House while stationed with the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan in 2012. The club opened in February 2013 with "ten bottles on the shelf and $1,000 in the bank but quickly became a neighborhood favorite." Brass House eventually expanded into the neighboring space, which allowed for a special events center and dinner service with a focus on Italian dishes such as beef carpaccio, fettuccine alfredo, and a surf n turf plate.
This closing announcement concluded a month of high profile bar and restaurant shutters including Malaga, Snack Bar, Olivia, El Azteca, and Longbranch Inn.