Something Else

Partygoers crowd the Pink Garter Theatre dance floor Nov. 30 during the “Something Else” party. The Rose Jackson Hole LLC said it will no longer be leasing the Pink Garter Theatre space but will reopen the bar when social distancing restrictions due to COVID-19 are lifted. 

Nearly 70 years after the name first became part of the Jackson entertainment scene, the lights are going out at the Pink Garter Theater.

And the next act for the historic venue remains unknown.

Pink Garter Plaza owner Dudley Miller said last week he is talking to people who might take over the 13,500 square feet in the building that have been occupied by the theater and the adjacent Rose bar.

"We've  got some leads, but that's about the extent of it," Miller said  from his home in Mexico, Missouri. "It's not dead in the water."

But  the attraction of the space, close to the high-rent Town Square business district, might not be as a place for concerts and shows, as it has been in one form or another since 1969.

Dom Gagliardi has run the bar  and theater  for a decade and said the struggling business couldn't' survive the hit of closings forced by the coronavirus. He said "the shutdown of business  due to the COVID-19 pandemic halted crucial income used to get  through a noral sprinig shoulder  season.

"With no assemblies for the theater in sight, and the concert industry effectively shut down, the Ross LLC was forced to vacate  the theater portion of the lease."

The theater space might be taken on as is by new management

Pink Garter Theatre special events and concerts have become a business casualty of the COVID-19 crisis.

The Rose Jackson Hole LLC announced that it has vacated the theater but will reopen its bar, The Rose, when social distancing-related business restrictions are lifted.

The lease for all 13,500 square feet of space, including the theater and bar, has "been at risk since the business moved to a short-term lease though March 2021," the release said.

"The shutdown of business due to the COVID-19 pandemic halted crucial income used to get through a normal spring shoulder season," a press release said. "With no assemblies for the theatre in sight, and the concert industry effectively shut down, the Rose LLC was forced to vacate the theatre portion of the lease."

When pandemic-related business restrictions are lifted The Rose plans to reopen as a full-time bar with small entertainment offerings. Meanwhile, The Rose is operating an online liquor and cocktail store at TheRoseJH.com/store.

Dom Gagliardi's Poppa Presents company will "Look for opportunities to do one-off-shows again" in the Pink Garter if possible.

Poppa Presents began concerts at the Pink Garter in 2008.

"It is sad to end what we have created in the Pink Garter. So many amazing concerts have happened there and brought a lot of happiness to people," Gagliardi said in the press release. "Unfortunately we are not in a position to carry this size lease any longer."

Contact Jennifer Dorsey at jennifer@jhnewsandguide.com or 732-5908.

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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