AUSTIN – Antone’s Night Club, the “Home of Austin Blues,” has been sold to new owners. Now they are getting ready to move back downtown, according to Tayloe Emery. The spokesperson for the new owners tells KVUE they signed the paperwork on Wednesday.
There are seven new owners associated with two businesses. One is called Gin and Tentatonic, the other is Blues Scalable.
The late Clifford Antone, an East Texas native who went to the University of Texas in the late 60s, opened the first Antone’s on 6th street in 1975.
In that time Antone showcased some of the biggest and best names in blues. Everyone from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters, B.B. King and the Fabulous Thunderbirds performed there.
In the Spring of 2013 the owner of Antone’s moved the venue from its location at 5th and Lavaca to East Riverside. Sources say the venue suffered a 30-percent loss in liquor and merchandise sales after moving to the new location.
Spencer Wells, one of the new owners, told KVUE he and his partners are looking at an undisclosed property on 6th Street to move into. However he would not discuss specifics with us.
The new Antone’s is scheduled to open after Jan. 1, 2014 before the South by Southwest Festival in March.