The owners of the RecordBar, 1020 Westport Road, are looking for a new locale. Steve Tulipana and Shawn Sherrill disclosed in an email and a Facebook post that the RecordBar’s lease will expire on Jan. 1, 2016, and the owner of the property does not want to retain them as tenants:
“Our sub-lease is up with First Watch and the owner of the property, Cooper Weeks, has decided that he does not want to retain us as tenants. This really has nothing to do with us as tenants, but everything to do with him as a landlord. Apparently, he doesn't want the liability of a liquor license on his property any longer, though we pay all the liability insurance and have had no claims over the last 10 years.
The long and short is that we are planning to move ... after the first of the year. We are in discussions with multiple property owners to try and find the best fit for us. This may lead us to separate the restaurant and venue into two different companies. We don't have any more information yet as to the actual building, area of town or a more specific time frame. Ideally we hope to have no more than a few weeks of down time at the beginning of the year. We are optimistic. ... We will be operating at full capacity right through New Year's Eve, and we are placing holds for touring acts well into next year.”
The RecordBar will celebrate its 10th-year anniversary in October. Since it opened in 2005, it has been one of Kansas City’s most vital live-music venues, hosting an array of international, national and regional acts.
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