According to the bar’s booking agent, Walter Stack, rising rent is, unsurprisingly, the culprit. “We can’t afford to stay in Williamsburg,” he says. “Our rent is going to quadruple and that’s out the question." In the last four years the bar’s block on Grand Street has changed, he said, noting nabe newcomers like condominium complexes and a multi-tiered movie theater.
But there's hope: After shuttering in the spring, the beloved dive may relocate. However, with owner Aaron Pierce currently out of town, it’s unclear where that may be—if at all. “We might look at Bushwick, but we’d need to find the right space,” Stack says.
Those looking to get their last shows in can check out the current event calendar, which runs through the end of January. Plus, Stack confirmed that shows will be booked through March. In the meantime, stay tuned for more info on the forthcoming going-away party—though it’s still in the works, Stack says: “We definitely want to go out with a bang.” 256 Grand St between Driggs Ave and Roebling St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-599-1000, thetrashbar.com)