SAN FRANCISCO (CelebrityAccess) A petition to preserve San Francisco’s Mezzanine club is reaching its goal of 10,000 signatures nearly a month after the venue announced its closure.
The two-story, 1,000-capacity club, which has hosted acts like Lady Gaga, LCD Soundsystem and Snoop Dogg, is the largest independent female-owned music venue in San Francisco. The owners said the club, housed inside Mint Plaza, is expected to shutter next year because the property owner is seeking to raise rent for the tech office by 600 percent, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The property is owned by the Chritton family, who also operates a tech security business.
“They wouldn’t even discuss an extension with me,” Deborah Jackman, owner of the 12,000-square-foot club, told the paper. “They said, ‘No, we are bringing in a commercial realtor who is going to tell us the most lucrative use for the space.’”
The announcement comes as the city’s Hemlock Tavern closes to make room for a condominium project and the Elbo Room is expected to close its doors in a few weeks for the same reason., according to the Chronicle.
The petition, “Keep the Mezzanine Open in San Francisco,” has 9,687 supporters at press time.