Hole in the Wall renews lease for 5 years

Last night at Hole in the Wall. 6/30/02 Sunday night. Kelly West/American-Statesman. A line waits to get in.
Hole in the Wall. 2002 photo by Kelly West/American-Statesman

Two months ago, the writing on the wall at Hole in the Wall was that the club likely would close when its lease with Cencor Realty Services terminated at the end of the year, owner Will Tanner said in September. But Tanner now confirms that the University of Texas campus area venue has a new five-year lease on life.

“At long last we have come to an agreement with Cencor to lease (Hole in the Wall) for five years with a five year option at market,” Tanner said via email. He credited Retail Solutions negotiators David Simmonds, Phil Morris and Robbie Eaves for helping arrange the agreement, and also acknowledged that “Cencor also made concessions that made this possible.”

East Side King, the restaurant that has operated out of the back of the venue’s property since 2012, will be leaving at the end of the year. “I would like to thank them for three great years,” Tanner wrote. As for what will happen in the kitchen space, Tanner offered no specifics yet, stating simply, “We are looking forward to what is in store.”

Last year, Hole in the Wall celebrated its 40th anniversary, making it one of Austin’s longest-running music venues. The recent addition of longtime Austin musician Mike Nicolai as music booker has led to some intriguing bookings lately, including reunion shows by the Standing Waves (Nov. 14) and Prescott Curlywolf (Nov. 20).

Author: Peter Blackstock

Music writer for the Austin American-Statesman and austin360.com. Twitter: @Blackstock360

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