Monday, August 5, 2019

Permanent Records buys Cafe NELA, will open first record store/venue/bar in L.A.

Photo: Permanent Records owner Lance Barresi (L) with Cafe NELA owner Dave Travis (R)

Los Angeles record store and label Permanent Records announces today the purchase of the building housing underground music venue Cafe NELA in Cypress Park, Los Angeles. Store owner Lance Barresi plans to upgrade the space and convert it into a record store / music venue / bar, making it the first of its kind in the L.A. area. 

About the plan, Barresi explains:

"It is with great excitement that we come to you this week with incredible news! Permanent is expanding yet again with a new venture! As of October 1st, 2019, we will have another new location, and this time it will be a record store / venue / bar! That's right, we're going to be the first business of this kind in Los Angeles! 

"The location is in Cypress Park, halfway between Highland Park and Echo Park, at 1906 Cypress Avenue. You may recognize that address as Cafe NELA. The current owner, Dave Travis, has owned the venue for the past 6+ years, where he has hosted nearly 1100 shows! Dave has done a great service to the local music community, but the time has come for him to move on, and fortunately he's chosen us as his successor. As great appreciators of Dave's work, we're excited for the opportunity to expand on what he started. 

"In addition to hosting shows, we plan to be open 7 days a week and will be operating as the record store you've come to know and love. We'll also be serving BEER and snacks while we're open and plan to expand the drink menu soon!  

"We are super stoked about this new development and have a lot of great things in mind for the short and long-term future. We hope you all are as excited about this prospect as we are, and we promise to share news with you as it develops. For now, let's all give Dave and Cafe NELA three cheers and toast to the future Permanent Records!

"A million thanks! -- Lance Barresi and the Permanent Records Crüe."

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