We just spoke with Scout Bar general manager Michelle Wilder after hearing a week's worth of rumors of chained doors, a "closed for repairs" voicemail on the company machine, and canceled shows. The nearly-three-year-old establishment specialized in hard rock, novelty acts (well, that's what Vanilla Ice is at this point, isn't he?), and pretty much whatever else they could lure to their mid-sized Northside bar (in a single week they featured rapper Devin the Dude, comedian Doug Stanhope, and '90s alt-rockers Local H, though regrettably not on the same bill). Middle of last week, we heard reports of chains on the doors, but Scout's answering machine cheerfully told us they were closed for repair and would re-open last Thursday. That day came and went and next thing we knew, we were hearing of Scout staffers reluctantly looking for new gigs.
So what gives? According to Wilder, after some back tax trouble (fairly standard in the booze and tunes business, though I can't say whether most establishments owed the state comptroller the monetary equivalent of a new Cadillac), Scout Bar San Antonio settled up the bill with the state, but failed to post a surety bond, assuring payment of future taxes. Without the bond, they had their TABC license suspended, and the bar was forced to close, at least temporarily.
Wilder said they hoped to reopen by October 6 if new financial partners came through. In the meantime, already-booked shows have been moved to various establishments, mainly Wiseguys (502 Embassy Oaks) and Backstage Live. Wednesday's The Cult show is at Backstage Live. Check the Scout Bar web site or email Wilder (mwilder37 at gmail dot com) to get a swift response on show re-locations. In the event a show is canceled, already-purchased tickets will be refunded within 24 hours of show date via Frontgate Tickets.
Scout staffers are looking for gigs, though Wilder appeared confident they would return if Scout reopened. "We built this bar together," she said. And, even without a physical space to call their own, Wilder indicated the Scout style would live on in other venues, especially Backstage Live. " We won’t stop bringing the shows to San Antonio. That’s for sure."
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