The Vollrath Tavern, home of shows local, regional and national, closed its doors as a venue for the last time this past Sunday. Owner Brian Alvey sold the historic building to make way for a catering business.
First opening its doors in 1926, The Vollrath originally served as a speakeasy during Prohibition. It later became a storied local watering hole known to host John Dillinger, among other historic celebrities (including some ghosts). In the years following, the tavern was used as a music venue for underrepresented artists and was part of the still-growing Fountain Square music scene.
The Vollrath Tavern was a great original venue for local artists and will be missed.
UPDATE: According to the venue's Facebook page, another location may be opening soon. "Attention all bands with upcoming shows scheduled at The Vollrath: we are doing everything within our power to get all upcoming shows moved to a new location. Info regarding the new location will be posted in the next few days. Stay tuned. Bob Fouts Vollrath Booking & Event Manager."