Amos’ Southend is closing its doors

Published: Aug. 18, 2016 at 12:33 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Katherine Peralta/The Charlotte Observer) - Amos' Southend is closing early next year after almost 17 years in its space on South Tryon Street.

It's the latest in a slew of local music venues that have closed to make way for new development around Charlotte – from Tremont Music Hall in South End to the Double Door Inn in Elizabeth to the Chop Shop in NoDa.

Beacon Partners bought the 3.4-acre HD Supply site across from Amos' last year for $10.1 million. Amos' owner John Ellison said he's been leasing part of the space for parking, but he'll lose it when Beacon redevelops the site.

It's not clear what Beacon will develop on the HD Supply parcel, though the company has said it's exploring options for a new, mixed-use development. A company representative couldn't be reached Wednesday.

Ellison originally operated Amos' as a bar and bistro in the Park Road Shopping Center from around 1990 through 1998. In 2000, he reopened it as a music venue at its current spot, 1423 S. Tryon St.

"It's sad," Ellison said. "It's a huge part of my life that's changing, but I guess everything has to end sometime, you know?"

Ellison announced Amos' closure in a Facebook post Wednesday afternoon. He said the expansion of South End's business and retail corridor "is presenting many new challenges to successfully run a music venue."

He said he's not reopening Amos' in another location, but will eventually be "putting another concept in that building."

The venue has hosted a wide variety of performing artists over the years, from the Roots and Flo Rida during the Democratic National Convention in 2012 to John Legend to Jefferson Starship to Jennifer Nettles.

But Ellison said his favorite memory there is from 2011, when James Taylor was to perform at a private party. The only people allowed in the venue ahead of time were Ellison himself and the band. Ellison describes himself as "very hands-on" at Amos', and he mopped before the show.

"So, I got to listen to James Taylor by myself for two hours," Ellison said. "It was kind of funny because we were getting ready for that night and he saw me … and he stopped in the middle of the sound check and said, 'Look. The owner mops his own floors.'"

While older venues like Amos' have been closing their doors in Charlotte, new music halls have been popping up. Earlier this summer, Live Nation opened up its third venue at theAvidXchange Music Factory, the venue formerly known as the N.C. Music Factory.

Ellison isn't optimistic the new spots will replace locally owned venues.

"It's going to be very hard for local bands to find places to play, and I think in a very short...people are going to be paying twice as much to see a band, twice as much for ticket fees, twice as much for a beer," Ellison said.