The end of June will mark the end of an era, when Charlie Fox locks the doors of his beloved downtown bar and live music venue, The Bunkhouse Saloon, in preparation for the handoff to its new owners, The Downtown Project.
But not before one final throwdown: On June 29, a “last call” show will feature local acts The Clydesdale, Same Sex Mary, Dusty Sunshine, Big Friendly Corporation, The All Togethers, Avalon Landing and Crazy Chief. It's $5 to get in and, after 2 a.m., patrons can drink for free until the last bottle in the joint is empty.*
Renovations will begin July 1, with September the target month for reopening. “Once we reopen, the property will continue to be a live music venue, as we view it as a cornerstone of the Downtown music scene and hope that it will serve as an anchor for further growth of live music in the neighborhood,” said a Downtown Project rep. “Downtown Project has made a commitment to the employees of The Bunkhouse to be a part of this transition.”
The venue’s current promoter, Patrick “Pulsar” Trout, recently told CityLife he’s been hired by Bogus Productions to book shows at venues like Backstage Bar & Billiards.
In March, Downtown Project paid $1.4 million for the decade-old venue, which predates the Fremont East venues.
*This information has been updated.