News RSS

Chapter 11 Filing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
San Francisco, CA
October 9, 2019
Mezzanine SF Owner Files for Chapter 11 Protection

Storied music and entertainment venue Mezzanine SF, owned by Nightgallerie, LLC, today announced it had filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division. The company intends to use the court-supervised restructuring process to support and protect its fall and holiday season slate of live music and corporate party events; to provide an ongoing, efficient and orderly mechanism for supporting its staff, patrons and vendors and for resolving its debt obligations; and to preserve an opportunity for the 16 year-old venue to survive and thrive into the future as a hub for San Francisco cultural events.

Deborah Jackman, owner and manager of 12,000 square foot, 1000-person
capacity space located off Mint Plaza in the Central Market/SoMa neighborhood, says the company “will do whatever it takes to preserve a heartbeat of San Francisco nightlife during a time when smaller to medium-sized, independently owned event venues are being forced out” of the city. The Chapter 11 filing “will allow us time to reorganize our financial obligations while continuing to host live music and corporate events through the fall and into the holiday season, and hopefully well into the future.”

Under Chapter 11, Mezzanine’s business operations will continue as usual and its full lineup of fall and holiday performances and corporate events will proceed as planned, uninterrupted.

Brothers Dave, Todd and Scott Chritton own the building housing Mezzanine and operate a tech security business out of its basement. Mezzanine’s sublease with Chrittons expires October 10, 2019. (Mezzanine founder Patrick McNerney, through an entity, is the master tenant on the Chritton lease.) The Chrittons told Jackman in November 2018 through their commercial real estate broker that the lease would not be extended beyond
its October 2019 expiration. But after public outcry over the impending closure of yet another San Francisco cultural staple, Jackman received a letter of intent from the Chrittons in January 2019 ensuring that Mezzanine would be allowed to remain open through January 31, 2020 — with the possibility of negotiating a long-term lease. With that promise, Jackman and her staff continued to book shows and other events through the end of 2019.

But on May 1, 2019, Jackman says, “the rug was pulled out from under us.” At that time the Chrittons informed Jackman that its lease would not be extended after all. Since then, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has become involved, voting unanimously in July 2019 to place interim zoning controls on the entire South of Market district to restrict landlords from changing the use of their property from Nighttime Entertainment use to any non-entertainment use.

Owner Jackman says, “our hope is that through Chapter 11 we can preserve
Mezzanine’s operations and position the company to provide great live music events in the heart of the city for years to come,” through Nightgallerie or some other entity committed to the continued cultural vitality of San Francisco.

Legal counsel representing Nightgallerie/Mezzanine in the Chapter 11 process are restructuring attorney James Shepherd of Walnut Creek and litigation/corporate attorney Mark Rennie of San Francisco.

About Nightgallerie, LLC – Mezzanine SF
Nightgallerie, LLC dba Mezzanine SF, owned and managed by Deborah Jackman, is one of the largest woman-owned music venues in the United States. Since opening its doors in 2003, Mezzanine has hosted underground/local talent along with major music acts like Lady Gaga (twice), LCD Soundsystem, Snoop Dogg, Florence + the Machine and Green Day, plus popular parties such as Hard French and Dirtybird Quarterly as well as exciting music and holiday events for local and multinational companies. Mezzanine also helped usher in the revitalization of San Francisco’s Mint Plaza through club founder Patrick McNerney.

A Decade Of Dirtybird In The Mezz Nest

This Friday, we’re putting another Quarterly in the books – but this one is a little extra special. It marks 10 years of Dirtybird Quarterlies in our home, but more importantly, celebrates the wild success of a hometown label with humble beginnings and an appetite for pure unadulterated fun.

If you’re involved in the electronic scene in any way, you know Dirtybird – the record label, tastemakers, funk masters, and bass blasters. You know the vibrant house music culture they’ve created in SF, and you’re probably part of the cult following of down-to-earth, booty-shakin’ party people they’ve garnered over the years. Their reach has stretched far beyond the Golden Gate to dominate even the most exclusive European underground clubs. But I mean, you don’t get voted Mixmag’s “Label of the Decade” for nothing.

In January of 2008, after seeing much success from their first official Dirtybird label release and multiple sold out shows at the quaint (and now extinct) Shine nightclub, OG label founders, Claude VonStroke and the Martin brothers, took a leap of faith and landed in the Mezzanine nest – a space 5 times bigger than their previous home – and you guessed it, they sold it the heck out. Dirtybird Quarterlies have been an integral part of our venue ever since. Four times a year, a rotating lineup of the best “booty bass” artists the world has to offer, shred our stage and blast our Funktion 1’s to the max. Thanks to these poppin’ parties, we became a musical laboratory and incubator of sorts, where artists could come experiment, test new tracks, and ultimately find their sound. Because of this, we’ve been lucky enough to premiere what are now some of the biggest names in tech house.

Ten years and forty quarterlies later, there’s not a single one that hasn’t sold out. So much music, so many friendships, and so much pure SF culture has been forged and revived within our walls. Thanks to Dirtybird and their passion for a good party, our city has left a permanent and impactful mark on the electronic music scene, and has something truly beautiful to call our own.

We’ll see you all this Friday, February 9th for the 10 year Dirtybird Quarterly Anniversary show featuring your favorites: Justin & Christian Martin, J. Phlip, Worthy, and a secret special guest 😉

$20 at the door // get ready to SHAKE YA TAILFEATHERZ

CHILL HARRIS and ANNA LUNOE

Another successful HALLOWEEKEND has come and gone. We’ve tucked away our costumes, and we’re nursing our wounds from getting down ALL WEEKEND LONG courtesy of DJ VICE, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and PRAYERS. But there ain’t no rest for the wicked.

While many take some time in November to chill out, and prep for future holiday madness, we’ve never really been ones to follow the rules. Sure, we’re going to spend Thanksgiving Thursday RAGING with some turkey & boozing it up with our extended families, but come Friday 11/27, we’re picking back up, and doing what we do best, partying all weekend long.

First up, we’ve got CHILL HARRIS (aka Kill Paris). What a year this dude has had, from releasing his debut studio album, Galaxies Between Us, to running his own aptly named, independent label SEXY ELECTRIC, Cory Baker aka CHILL HARRIS has somehow managed to squeeze in a North American tour. On Friday, November 27th, Mezzanine will be taken over by CHILL HARRIS & FRIENDS (Illenium & Manic Focus) and they’re bringing their disco beats to the club, and for that, we are extra thankful.

Rounding out our T-GIVEZ weekend festivities is one of our ALL TIME FAVS and quadruple threat ANNA LUNOE. The DJ, singer, producer, and now Beats 1 Apple Radio superstar, makes everything look easy. Hundreds of festival appearances – check. North American tours with The Weeknd – check. Seriously, is there anything this chick can’t do? On Saturday, November 28th, she is bringing her endless skills to Mezz, but this isn’t just any Anna Lunoe show. This is ANNA LUNOE HYPER HOUSE. For one night, Anna Lunoe is turning Mezzanine into a 1200 person, glorified HOUSE PARTY, and bringing some of her fav up & comers (i.e. Sleepy Tom, Jeffrey Paradise, & ATLiens) along for the ride.

THANKSGIVING WEEKEND WILL BE ALL THE RAGE WITH CHILL HARRIS on NOVEMBER 27th & ANNA LUNOE on NOVEMBER 28th – tix @ mezzaninesf.com!