Ash Street Saloon, the old-school bar and music venue located just steps from Ankeny Alley (and Voodoo Doughnuts) in downtown, will close its doors at some indeterminate date not far down the road, the Merc reports. A variety of factors could see the venue close by 2018... or earlier.
According to the Merc, the landlords will not renew Ash Street Saloon’s lease, which ends in 2018; another business could move in before then; and the bar’s owner Trish Greenlee does not have plans to reopen. This is all to say now’s the time to catch a show. Local bands typically rule the stage (see the event calendar here).
Ash Street Saloon opened at 225 SW Ash St. in 1994. In February 2016, the area became the focus of a new development plan called The Ankeny Blocks, and at that time, Portland’s downtown food cart pods seemed the most likely businesses to be pushed out of the area. Ash Street Saloon’s venue is currently being shopped around as a potential restaurant lease.