Elm Street Bar Shuts Down Again -- But This Time Only Temporarily, Managers Say

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The building occupied by Elm Street Bar must have been built on some kind of old Indian burial ground or something, right? Maybe: This week, only two months after opening, Elm Street Bar seems to be shut down yet again.

Big surprise.

We've spent a lot of time talking and joking about the curse of 2810 Elm Street, which has been home to three different bars (The Lounge On Elm Street, The Nightmare, and Elm Street Bar) over the last 12 months.

And, this week down in Deep Ellum, the lights are once again off, and the doors locked.

According to Elm Street Bar's manager Carl Priggre, though, this time, it's only temporary.

"It will be open [again], probably in the middle or the end of [May]," says Priggre, who went on to explain that the venue has been caught up in some red tape. "The guy who owned it before sold it to Giovanni Manettas, and Giovanni's got it under construction. What's happening now is that he's waiting for his liquor license to transfer."

When all that gets ironed out and the venue reopens, according to Priggre, it will be called the Elm Street Bar & Lounge.

Planned renovations include a remodeled back bar, a fresh coat of paint, and a bigger stage for live bands, which will play there each weekend, according to Priggre. The rest of the week will be occupied by DJ nights, including one called Animal, which will run each Monday night with a focus on electro, Dutch and house music, courtesy of an entity called Smash And Grab Productions.

Smash And Grab promoter and recent Los Angeles transplant Miles Devin describes Animal as something new and exciting for Dallas club goers: "Dubstep has kind of dominated," he says. "Electro/Dutch is more upbeat. It's more fun. And it's just something different and new. And that's what we're aiming for."

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