This weekend the iconic Horseshoe Lounge will celebrate its 50th birthday and close its South Lamar doors. But don't cry into your beer just yet: A new incarnation of the Horseshoe is on the horizon.
On Tuesday news broke that the Horseshoe Lounge will reopen this summer at 153 E. Riverside Dr. (next to Thundercloud Subs).
In addition to being a bigger venue, 365 Thing To Do in Austin reports that the "Shoe.2" will include more parking, liquor, a stage, and the ability to pay with a credit card. That being said, the familiar staff, jukebox and famous shuffleboard table will stay the same in the new joint.
The legend of Horseshoe Lounge began in 1965 with Rene and Jimmy Gewin. Their daughter Tennia Brown and her husband Brad have been running the bar since 2004. Ownership will still include Brown, however the Horseshoe has gained Nancy Rogers, Gary Della Croce and Scenic Capital Advisors as new partners, says 365 Things To Do in Austin. CultureMap reached out to Brown for comment but has not received a response.
In honor of its 50-year run and its final days on South Lamar, the Horseshoe Lounge is hosting a weekend-long celebration of live music from February 13-15. The last beer will be poured and auctioned off on on Sunday, February 15.