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Coronavirus Claims Boot & Saddle, the Cozy South Philly Music Venue

After more than 1,500 shows, the South Broad Street music venue with the neon sign is closing amid the coronavirus pandemic

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South Philadelphia live music venue Boot & Saddle is permanently closing in fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, its owners announced Tuesday morning.

The Philadelphia Business Journal first reported on the closing of Boot & Saddle.

The neighborhood staple at 1131 S. Broad St. has sat dormant since the coronavirus shutdown in March. Boot & Saddle’s closure was ultimately a fiscal move made to keep its sister venue Union Transfer, located in the Spring Arts neighborhood, afloat throughout the public health crisis.

“With COVID-19 cases back on the rise in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and around the country, the thought of having 200 people standing shoulder-to-shoulder in our small indoor bar early next year has faded,” Boot & Saddle wrote on Twitter. “After eight months without a show, and without a clear reopening date in sight, we no longer have the luxury of paying the bills and expenses for two closed venues.”

Boot & Saddle opened in 2013 and hosted upwards of 1,500 shows during its lifespan, according to the venue.

The Philadelphia Business Journal shares the bleak message that the music venue's owners have about Philadelphia's music scene moving forward.

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