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Longbranch Saloon closes doors

Posted July 7, 2008
Updated October 12, 2011

— The Longbranch Saloon, which bills itself as the state's longest-running nightclub, has closed its door due to financial troubles.

Enough money was not coming in for the country-music club to keep up with a repayment plan for its debt, said Dan Wood, a former manager of the club.

Wood said that high gas prices kept people from surrounding areas from coming to the club and that summer is also usually a slow time for business.

On Monday, a judge appointed Holmes Harden, an attorney with Williams Mullen, as an outside bankruptcy trustee of the Longbranch's assets.

The club filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy several months ago, saying that it had fallen $300,000 into debt after closing in 2006 for renovations to meet the city building code.

In February, the Longbranch appealed to the people on its e-mail list for donations to help the club pay its debt.


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  • getreal26 Jul 10, 2008

    I just dont understand the photo! Please dont give us that line of junk. We know the truth and I am sorry that a great place closed but YES managment is the reason! We have all had a good time there and wish the old days were still there. The buisness didnt need to change, the office staff needed to and that would have saved the place. I dont care how many stupid stories they want to email to make them try to look good, the truth is the truth!! We are sorry for your loss Fred but you were told what was going on around and you wanted to turn your head and pretend it want happening. Very good people sat you down and wanted to help and again you went back to the very people that were NOT helping you but hurting you. Good bye Longbranch, the old days will be missed but the drama will not be!!!

  • fenderbassplayer1980 Jul 8, 2008

    I knew this was coming. I could tell things were getting worse and worse everytime I would go play there. Bad to see it go though. I loved playing there.

  • Hip-Shot Jul 7, 2008

    " I guess it shows how country music "aint country no more". It's just pop music with a twang. "

    And pop music and rock really doesn't exist anymore as far as new material, only Rap and Hip-Hop. Makes me sick to my stomach.
    It's sad what is called "music" these days. The demise of the LongBranch is the end of an era.

  • stlmagnoliainnc Jul 7, 2008

    High gas prices don't keep people away from nightclubs. The Longbranch just hasn't been the same since the late 80's. They had a bad habit of cancelling shows on the night they were supposed to showcase certain bands (especially Nantucket). Don't blame their closing on gas...perhaps it was just not the best management.

  • bs101fly Jul 7, 2008

    this club is lucky it survived this long. there's been criminal and illegal doings going on there SINCE the Garth days!
    40K a month JUST for the rent??? That place hasn't made 40K a month since Slickerbilly broke up!

  • davidgnews Jul 7, 2008

    I think you're probably right JDG.

    The end of an era - I remember when they first opened.

  • JohnDeereGirl Jul 7, 2008

    I remember in the early 90s (during the Garth days) it was big. I guess it shows how country music "aint country no more". It's just pop music with a twang.