RALEIGH, NC — Raleigh’s oldest music venue could face an uncertain future.
The venue has been a staple of the downtown Raleigh music scene since the early 1980s.
The building The Berkeley occupies has a history dating back to 1920 and has served as the home to the Atkins Cafe & Hotel, the Carolina Cafe and Hotel, and the Hollywood Hotel and Cafe, according to the state records.
Public hearings on the rezoning began Tuesday.
Besides its history as a beloved music venue, The Berkeley has had a loyal lunch following for its burgers and sandwiches.
The Berkeley used to occupy more space. In 1988, owners expanded to adjacent property at 215 W. Martin St., and began hosting bigger shows featuring punk, hip-hop and electronic artists. The venue was shuttered in 2013 as The Berkeley went back to a one room venue.
Concern for the venue’s closing began earlier Tuesday with another Facebook post shared on The Berkeley’s page stating that the final night of music would be Friday, Nov. 11.