World Grotto R.I.P.

World Grotto, the eclectic Market Square nightclub with the indoor waterfall, will soon be under new ownership. Owner Susie Dew, who opened the club in 2004, announced the sale through Facebook on Tuesday.

“Friends, Fans and Lovers of World Grotto, it is with a heavy heart that I write to tell you that this coming weekend will be the last we will spend together at what has been the World Grotto for the past 5 years,” Dew wrote. “During this time there have been countless hours of dancing, so much love shared through laughter, smiles, hugs, and beautiful memories made for many. When I began the Grotto I had a strong vision to bring world culture and art to my beloved home town, and to create a space for artists share their passion.”

The new ownership is expected to announce its plans this week.

World Grotto will host a farewell celebration on Saturday night. The stage will be open to all performers; Jonathan Sexton, Cruz Contreras, Erick Baker, Dishwater Blonde’s Davis Mitchell, and Arpetrio have already signed up to play. It’s also a potluck, so bring something to share.

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