Friday, May 15, 2015

T.T. the Bear's Place in Cambridge to Close for Good July 25

[Ed note: This article was updated on May 18 to reflect confirmation that the place is closing.]

It looks like the days are numbered for a legendary Cambridge music club that has been around for more than 25 years.

According to several credible sources, T.T. the Bear's Place on Brookline Street is apparently closing, with two of the sources indicating that this is definite. A note sent to the club this week was read but not answered, while a note sent to The Middle East club--which owns the building in which T.T. resides--was answered simply with a "No Comment." The chatter is that T.T. the Bear's could be closing in July, and a check on the events page for the club shows that the calendar of events does stop at the end of that month. An article from Vanyaland gives more information, saying that the club will reportedly close this summer and that some type of last-minute deal on the space between the owners of The Middle East and the owner of the former ManRay nightclub in Central Square didn't work out.

Earlier it had been reported here that The Middle East had purchased the building in which it and T.T. the Bear's are housed, with possible plans being to add several floors of residential space above the ground floor; it is not known whether this is still on the table, and if it is, whether this has something to do with the possibility of T.T.'s closing.

[May 16 update: The Boston Globe is reporting that the end appears near for T.T. the Bear's, as Joseph Sater, who is co-owner of the building, says of T.T.'s owner Bonney Bouley, "I don't want to put words in her mouth, but she just doesn't want to do it anymore....She's saying she'll be out by the end of July."]

[May 18 update: A new post from Vanyaland indicates that July 25 will be the last night for T.T. the Bear's.]

[June 9 update: A new article in The Boston Globe mentions (via a Facebook event page) that T.T. the Bear's is having what is basically an indoor "yard sale" on Saturday, June 20 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, with the club selling off a variety of memorabilia/bric-a-brac such as old posters, beer taps, chairs, signs, dishes, and more.]

[July 12 update: Vanyaland mentions that the last week for T.T. the Bear's will be a "blowout" week, with such acts as Evan Dando of the Lemonheads, O Positive, the Neighborhoods, Scruffy The Cat, and others on the way.]

T.T. the Bear's Place first started out in the late 1980s, featuring countless local, national, and international acts over the years, featuring indie rock, punk, pop, jazz, electronica, funk, and much more.

The address for T.T. the Bear's is 10 Brookline Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139. Its website can be found at

[Earlier Article]
Owners of Middle East in Cambridge's Central Square Purchase Building

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