After a brief hiatus, the popular East Austin music venue known as the Scoot Inn will re-open soon under new ownership. The historic hangout, which is considered to be one of the oldest bars in Texas, hosted what was to be its final show on August 31st, 2012. This was before it was purchased by Doug Guller, founder and CEO of ATX Brands, the parent company for several iconic Austin venues including The Parish, The Parish Underground, Pelóns, Bar 508 and Zorro.
“Although we feel like we have been doing a ton, a lot of it has simply been tightening the place down,” says Guller. “Getting the AC working, improving the bathrooms and electrical, making the bars function better, and just cleaning the place up.”
Besides a few renovations, Guller plans to preserve the spirit and ambiance of the historic venue.
“I want to keep it a dive, I just want to make sure that when people gather there for concerts or beers that they feel comfortable,” says Guller. “I think the sound is probably one of the biggest things that we’re going to do. Making sure the sound both inside and out is correct and sounds awesome. We’re also going to install the Zorro food trailer to give people an option for on-site dining.”
In addition to Wild Child and Whiskey Shivers, the Scoot Inn’s Grand Opening Scootenanny on November 10th will also feature emerging acts Hello Wheels and Acre Yawn. The Scoot Inn will continue to offer live music on the outside stage Thursday-Saturday and music indoors Sunday-Wednesday.
For the most current updates on the Scoot Inn, visit facebook.com/scoot.inn