While the Comet Tavern remains shuttered and quiet, CHS is told there is a guitar monitor hum’s worth of buzz going on in the background.
CHS is told that the building’s longtime landlords are in talks with a handful of prospective new bar owners who are hoping to take over the space and continue its history in Seattle nightlife as a community gathering place. CHS talked to one candidate, musician Ian Hill, earlier this month. Hill said this week he continues to pursue the opportunity.
In addition to securing a lease for the tavern, potential new owners would need to work out a deal with Balodis over the Comet name and possibly other business issues. Rumors of plans and bidders for the space vary — but each proposal CHS has heard about would include at least an attempt to retain the Comet space in all its dive-y glory.
In the meantime, 14th and Madison’s Chop Suey will host another benefit on November 1st for Comet employees left in the lurch by the closure.
You can keep track of updates and learn more about getting involved on the Save the Comet Facebook page.