Cheer Up Charlie's relocating to Red River Street


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on January 10, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 11 at 1:01 PM

AUSTIN -- For three years, Cheer Up Charlie’s served up drinks and music in Austin's trendy, thriving East Side.

"We’re really happy to be here, like a heartbeat on the East Side,” said Cheer Up Charlie’s co-owner, Maggie Lea.

Last month the owners learned that they had 30 days to vacate the premises. The landlord rented the space to another club developer.

“We had not planned on moving, but we always knew that our lease would be up,” said Lea.

The owners started looking for a new location, and they found it in the former home of Club DeVille on Red River Street.

“It was very devastating to find out, but then when we found out about Club DeVille it was a huge relief,” said Cheer Up Charlie’s promoter Ezra Edwards.

He said he believes the move will have a ripple effect in the community.

“I think that once Cheer Up's leaves this spot it's going to completely change the vibe on East Sixth. People who are loyal to Cheer Up's will go there [the Red River location] and make it bigger and better than it was here," Edwards said.

For their last few days in East Austin Cheer Up Charlie’s is featuring more than a dozen bands for free.

“It’s kind of like our way of saying it's a goodbye, but we're starting over and it's not supposed to be a sad goodbye,” Lea said.

As for their roots in East Austin, "I don't necessarily feel like we're leaving it, but maybe it's coming with us,” Lea said.

Bands will begin performing at 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Cover is free as part of Austin’s Free Week.