Regina's Artful Dodger takes final bow - for now
Owners moving business to new location in February
The Artful Dodger Cafe & Music Emporium in Regina is closing its doors after a final show Saturday night.
Co-owner Kelly Cairns said she is expecting the venue to be at capacity.
The crew is moving the business to a new location under a new name.
Rise in rent
"Our rent went up quite a bit so we weren't able to sustain it here," Cairns said.
She said there will be a greater focus on the menu, but they'll still host an open mic and DJ once a week.
Cairns' parents opened the dodger five years ago. Her mother had a longtime vision to open a venue that included all different types of art under one roof.
Since then, there has been room for jam spaces, visual artists, tattoo artists, gallery shows, shopping and more.
Through it all, Cairns said the venue's greatest legacy is community.
"This is a very inclusive place and welcoming place and that's what most of our regulars have said they're going to miss is it feels live a living room, it feels like their house to them," she said.
Cairns said it will still have brick and hardwood floors. And yes, the library is going with them. The entire staff will also be there.
"It's going to be beautiful and I think people will be excited to see what we do with it," Cairns said.
The group is aiming to open the new venue in February.