Large downtown Austin bar Sellers Underground announced on Instagram that it has closed permanently as of December 6. The bar was found at 213 West Fourth Street within the Warehouse District.
Michael Icenhauer, who also owns Icenhauer’s on Rainey Street, opened Sellers in 2016 as a ’70s-themed bar with martinis and and cocktails. Within a year, the bar shifted into becoming much more LGBTQ-friendly, and often hosted drag shows and parties.
Sellers had temporarily closed in March, but reopened in a limited capacity in May. Texas Governor Greg Abbott then issued an executive order closing bars in late June. Bars could remain open if they served food, which Seller’s did not appear to do (sibling bar Icenhauer’s is open thanks to this rule). The bar’s announcement post cited capacity restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for the closure.
Seller’s joins a still-growing number of restaurants and bars that have permanently closed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a GoFundMe for staff that was set up in March.
- Sellers Underground [Instagram]
- All Coverage of Sellers Underground [EATX]
Update, December 10: This article has been updated to add the GoFundMe