Why Bedrock closed

As suggested in yesterday's post, Bedrock did close from an identity crisis.

I spoke with manager Sam Chaney today, who said he butted heads with Bedrock's owners over the club's mission.

It started as a billiards hall. Then when that didn't catch, they opened it up to live music. But it's hard to be a live music club and keep a regular bar business at the same time.

When Chaney first took over running Bedrock, he tried to bring in students from the nearby medical and law schools, as well as local business employees. 

But you can't build up a post-work base if you're occasionally throwing concerts and charging a $10 cover ...

Bedrock was a little of both, which didn't work, Chaney said.

"If you're going to be a venue, commit to being a venue," Chaney said. "If you're going to be a bar, be a bar."

Chaney didn't think Bedrock would be open six months from now. But he didn't think the owners would pull the plug a week before Christmas.

"I've known in the back of my mind it was coming," he said. "I just didn't think it was coming yet."

Chaney's not sure what his next step will be, either.

"We'll see," he said. "The reality of being jobless with a mortgage is starting to set in."

(Photo by Elizabeth Malby/Sun photographer)

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