The doors of iconic Gold Coast venue NightQuarter will close for the final time at its Helensvale site tonight leaving a massive hole in the city’s live music and food scene.
Gold Coasters are being urged to join in a big night of celebrations at the venue with UB40 headlining the entertainment for the final night.
The owners of NightQuarter dropped the bombshell three weeks ago that they would be forced to shut, after its landlord hit them with a doubling of their rent.
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They were also facing a bill of up to $500,000 to comply with Council regulations.
Owners Michelle Christoe and Ian Van der Woude say they’re devastated that it’s all coming to an end.
“A bit overwhelmed and emotional actually,” Ms Christoe said.
“We’ve had an outpouring of love and messages of support from the community and it’s been overwhelming, we’ve had customers coming up to us at NightQuarter to express their sadness and give us a hug.”
“It’s been a very emotional time for my husband and I, staff, vendors and everyone involved because we’re all about community and everyone is sad.”
Ms Christoe says they remain hopeful of being able to reopen NightQuarter at another site on the Gold Coast in the future.
“I’d love to say we have something lined up but we don’t,” she said.
“We are in discussions on a number of sites and people like (Gaven MP) Meaghan Scanlon have met with us to talk about possible sites that could assist.”
“I think if we’re looking at a time frame, we’re looking at about six months before we can rebuild NightQuarter, we’d have to go through the whole D.A process and finalise arrangements on a new site so it will take some time before we can pop up again.”
NightQuarter has played host to more than 6,000 music acts in its three years including the Gold Coast’s own Amy Shark.
UB40 with Ali Campbell and Astro will kick off the entertainment for the final time on the Paddock Stage from 4pm.
Ms Christoe says they’d love to see people come on the last night and support the vendors in particular.
“We’ve had a great community of vendors and it’s very upsetting for them, this hasn’t been the Michelle and Ian show, it’s been about the community, the staff, the musicians and everyone involved in the site so it’d be great to have people come along for our last hurrah.”