Thursday, January 21, 2010

Anna’s Jazz Island: Update

By Kathleen Richards
Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 3:43 PM

After we posted yesterday about Anna’s Jazz Island closing, owner Anna de Leon sent us an e-mail clarifying her situation. De Leon says that her buyout was dependent on new tenant the Marsh Theater taking over the entire two lower floors of the building, including her space. (Previously, we reported that the Marsh was only going to occupy the space next door to Anna’s.) The SF theater company signed their lease on January 6, her landlord bought out her lease the next day, and de Leon left the day after. “I had hoped to have more time to say goodbye to the music community and to explain what had happened, but because the Marsh did not sign until the 6th and there was no deal unless they signed, I did not feel free to talk about any of it until the 7th when my agreement with my landlord was actually signed,” she wrote. “I hope to find a new space and reopen since the former landlord, Equity Residential, bought out my lease but not my business.” The jazz venue closed on New Year’s Eve.

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