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Blackbird Buvette signing off next week

buvettefromfileALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Downtown Albuquerque bar is readying for its last last call.

Blackbird Buvette will close for good on Monday, after eight years in business at 509 Central NW, co-owner Joey Gonzales confirmed to the Journal.

“We appreciate the hard work of our staff (and) are grateful to all of our patrons,” he said via email. “We’re excited to move on to new adventures,” he added.


Owners announced the closure in a message on the Blackbird’s Facebook page late Wednesday.

“We set out to create a fun and entertaining atmosphere that would be welcoming to everyone. With your love and support, we created a great place in Albuquerque for art, music, food, general revelry, and intimate moments,” reads the post, signed by owners Brian Knieriem, Gonzales, Paul Snyder and Dandee Fleming. “We have enjoyed being part of the vibrant and diverse Downtown community.”

Open since 2007, Blackbird frequently hosted live music and other arts and entertainment events. It also had a restaurant component, though owners decided to quit serving food last summer.

“We’ve been lucky – it had nothing to do with sales, just life changes for (three) of the (four) owners who are looking to focus on other projects and paths, so we decided to scale back operations to make that possible for us,” the owners told the Journal last summer of their decision to close the Blackbird’s kitchen.

Blackbird’s fans expressed their disappointment about the pending closure on Facebook, with comments like “this blows” and describing it as the “end of an era.”

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