The pandemic has forced another venue to close, this time in NYC: Elmhurst, Queens metal club Blackthorn 51. Owner Nicki Camp (an industry veteran who worked at Don Hill's, Limelight, and more) broke the news, adding that they do expect to one day reopen in a new location:

Blackthorn 51 has permanently closed its live music venue in Elmhurst Queens NY
But Blackthorn has announced that they do expect to reopen at some point and at a new location.

“The reason we are closing is we think it will be a long time – possibly as long as 1-2 years – before Live Music returns to 2017-2019 levels. In the interim, for us to continue to occupy this space would be too expensive. Better to wipe the slate clean, not accumulate a mountain of debt, and sign a new lease when the dust settles. Many other venue owners agree. In addition, the notion that we should operate under a government-mandated limited occupancy is unworkable. The Live Club business is hard enough when you’re at 100% occupancy!

On a positive note, a word about our staff: we have the best staff in all of NYC. A big NYC round of applause to Kevin “Castle”Scondotto, John “The Doorman”Mangan, Alexey Menkov, John Rup, Mike Borgia, Tommy Reynolds, Mike Lawler, Liza Lasser, Carlos Aguilera, Sebastian Peludo, Anthony Wilson, Jessics Ilm, with honorable mention to all the others who worked with us throughout the last 9 years to make Blackthorn the best live music venue in NYC. A special shout out to all the great Local bands and performers that graced our stage and all the great fans that supported our venue over the last 9 years. All the great promoters that used our venue to host their events. Jett Cybertron, Charly Sur, Valerie Schiffano, Adrian Eternian, Danny Maldito, Ahmed Rodriguez, Afton Shows, DeShawn Oakman and too many others to mention.You guys are the best and we love and respect each and every one of you. This made closing – even temporarily – a difficult, but necessary decision. But we simply couldn’t afford to stay “open” indefinitely under the current circumstances.”

While it’s impossible to know when things will return to normal for clubs, bars, restaurants and other retail businesses, let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later. We look forward to a brighter future and will work hard to bring the quality that people expect from us in the live music industry.

Since opening in 2013, Blackthorn 51 has hosted shows for D.R.I., Agnostic Front, Sick Of It All, Blood Incantation, Immolation, Crowbar, Cannabis Corpse, Cro-Mag's Harley Flanagan, Madball, Misfits' Doyle, Candiria, Whiplash, Doro, and more. Watch some videos of past Blackthorn 51 shows below.