Sad news for Downtown, and for Las Vegas’s live music scene at large: The Bunkhouse Saloon has closed its doors. Reasons for the closing have not yet been divulged, though low attendance numbers seems the most likely culprit.
Bunkhouse staff was informed of the closing this afternoon. Mark Rowland, CEO of Bunkhouse parent company Downtown Project Ventures, issued this statement shortly after:
The Bunkhouse Saloon has closed, effective Monday, July 20. We’re proud of the committed employees and all of the artists who rocked the stage of The Bunkhouse Saloon, and we’re engaging in conversation with potential new operators and considering new concepts. Ticket holders will be contacted automatically through Ticketfly.
Update, 5:00 p.m.: The following statement has been posted to the venue’s official Facebook page.
The Bunkhouse Saloon regrets to announce that we have closed our doors, effective immediately. Ticketholders for future shows will be contacted by Ticketfly regarding refunds. On behalf of our staff, management, and production team we would like to thank every artist who graced our stage and every person who visited us for a show or a cold beer. You made Bunkhouse something we will never forget.
According to unnamed sources, some currently-scheduled shows may proceed as planned, with the venue re-opening temporarily to accommodate them. And several new operators are said to have already expressed interest in taking over the venue.
More on this story as it develops.