The Music Room, a popular underground music and dance venue on Edgewood Avenue, closed over the weekend, and so have its hidden watering hole Edgewood Speakeasy and barbecue joint Bone Lick Southern Kitchen next door. The latter is run by chef Mike LaSage (P’cheen), who began popping up at the former Pizzeria Vesuvius (part of the Music Room complex) in 2015.
“We have painfully been at the mercy of a global pandemic for months now and despite how hard we’ve tried, we simply cannot continue. We have poured all of our resources into trying to push on to live out our dreams and make it through this mess. But unfortunately that is not going to happen,” a post to Facebook reads. “At least not at this venue. It is truly a sad day for Atlanta to have to say goodbye to a place that was all about the music. The venue that comprised Edgewood SPKEZ, Bone Lick Southern Kitchen and The Music Room will live on in Atlanta folklore.”
Since the health crisis began in March, the Music Room, Bone Lick, and the bar have remained closed to the public, with LaSage running the restaurant as a takeout and delivery joint called SOS Pop-Up Kitchen and the Music Room streaming weekly live music and DJ sessions via Twitch.
When asked about the closures Sunday, LaSage told Eater after “trying to do the right thing,” he and his partners, including Keiran Neely (DJ Keiran), simply ran out of resources and funding to keep everything afloat. Throughout the pandemic, LaSage has been experimenting with the menu for the pop-up, serving foods ranging from Korean fried chicken and pub bites to dumplings from around the world.
The chef and pitmaster first began Bone Lick as a Monday night barbecue pop-up at P’cheen on Highland Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward. LaSage opened a permanent restaurant eight years ago in the northwest Atlanta neighborhood of Blandtown in the space now home to Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours. The Westside location closed in 2016, but Bone Lick remained a permanent fixture next door to the Music Room on Edgewood, eventually taking over Pizzeria Vesuvius.
As for the 1920s-themed Edgewood Speakeasy, the 40-seat bar was hidden behind a bookcase in the back of the restaurant. Over the years, it became known for slinging classic cocktails and strong original concoctions by some of Atlanta’s most notable bartenders.
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