Six months after being closed down due to a suspended liquor license, Brick by Brick is reopening this month under new ownership.
Former owner Max Paul sold the venerable Bay Park venue to Jordan Mancino, Phil Sgrosso and Nick Hipa, all formerly of As I Lay Dying and currently in the band Wovenwar. On July 24, the venue will reopen with a performance by Drum Wars, followed by a headlining show by The Burning of Rome on July 26.
Hipa tells CityBeat that part of the motivation to buy the venue came from his own positive memories.
"We'd go to shows there all the time," he says. "I've seen everyone from Death Angel to High on Fire to Cat Power. We're pretty big fans of the place. It has a long history."
Hipa, Sgrosso and Mancino invested time and money into upgrades, including improvements to the venue's sound and appearance. It's a work in progress, and Hipa says there are plans for further enhancements.
"We aspire to make it an ideal place for bands to play," he says. "We're redoing the sound system, cleaning stuff up and making it a nicer and better-sounding environment. And hopefully what it does is become another spot people think of when you want to see great live music."
Hipa says the plan is to try to book shows four or five nights a week. Being a musician, however, Hipa notes that one of their goals is to make it a place that bands want to play.
"When we go to certain venues, we get excited," he says. "We would love if Brick by Brick became one of those venues."