Rumors have been circulating that the iconic Station North bar Club Charles is set to close, and after talking with five sources, City Paper has learned the bar's doors will shut for the foreseeable future on Aug. 1.
"The bar will be closing indefinitely for renovations," said one source close to the operations of the 66-year-old club. "That's all we're saying right now. It will close on August 1 and we're not sure when it will reopen."
Other sources City Paper spoke to, all of whom are intimately familiar with the operations of the bar, were unsure if Club Charles would reopen at all. It was not clear if there would even be renovations. Nobody entirely knows what it means for Club Charles to be "closing" or for how long, and some City Paper spoke to cited Club Charles owner Joy Martin's unpredictability.
Martin had no comment when contacted about the impending closure.
The mystery surrounding Club Charles invited speculation about Martin's other properties in Station North. Some wondered why Lost City Diner was closed at times during Artscape—presumably a time when the restaurant would receive the most foot traffic—when it was open last year.