According to the Limerick Leader, Limerick city venue Baker Place closed on Sunday night. The building which also includes Wicked Chicken bar was a vital part of the local music ecology and as a result, it would often be the place for bands from elsewhere play while in Limerick.
Shane Hartigan, Ger Quinn and Jason Quinn told the Leader about their decision:
The trio said that the decision was a “regrettable one”, but that “business had gone so bad that we could no longer continue trading. It is a tough decision, but we have no other option”. Speaking to the Limerick Chronicle, Shane said the decision was a sad one, but was “a sign of the times”, adding: “It is an economic decision. We were still getting the numbers in the door, but the spend was way down, people didn’t have it to spend, and you have massive overheads when you are leasing a premises of that size. It just wasn’t viable any more and that is obviously the way it is,” he explained. “When we took it over it had been closed so there was no business there, we started from scratch and it was a lot of hard work. It is disappointing to have to close the doors, but you can’t do it when you are not making any money,” he added.