Proletariat owner Denise Ramos emailed the Press this morning with a statement that she is closing the popular local venue in February due to Metro’s plans to build a light-rail line on Richmond Avenue, which the local transportation agency has said will be completed by 2012. “I truly feel that this whole light-rail issue is going to get very messy, and I have no interest in spending any of my energy or my staff’s time in dealing with that,” says Ramos, who plans to close the club February 3.
Ramos says she’s keeping Proletariat open these final few weeks for “closure.” As one of Houston’s friendliest clubowners to homegrown acts, she would like to give them and their fans the chance to say a proper farewell. But, she adds, “If they want to have one last final show at the Pro, now is the time to ask for one.”
Houstoned Rocks is currently trying to contact Ramos for an interview, and we will post it here as soon as we are able to reach her. – Chris Gray
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