Music Row Tavern Bobby’s Idle Hour To Close Jan. 12, With Tentative Plans For New Location

Longtime songwriter hangout Bobby’s Idle Hour will close Jan. 12, MusicRow has confirmed. The building, located at 1028 16th Ave. S., has long been a favored social establishment for songwriters and musicians.

“This displaces a lot of good people,” Lizard Thom Case, owner of Bobby’s Idle Hour for the past five years, told MusicRow. Case says he hopes to reopen the venue in a new location, though nothing has been set at this time.

The name “Bobby’s” is a tribute to Bobby Herald, who took over the bar in 1978. The songwriter-centric venue moved to its current location in 2005 before the bar’s current owner, songwriter Lizard Thom Case, took over ownership in 2013.

Last year, it was announced that development company Panattoni had purchased the building, along with five nearby properties, with plans to turn the property into a six-story office building.




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