Fizzled Out

Plagued by past-due rent and safety violations, Neckbeard's Soda Bar goes flat

As for the back rent Slider admits that he never paid, he says that -- short of a court order forcing him to fork it over -- he won't.

"The place was closed because they failed to fix the stuff they needed to as per the lease agreement," he says, adding that he showed up the morning of January 10 with a check in his hand for past-due rent. Once the locks were changed, though, he decided not to give it to Gore.

As for a future venue for Neckbeard's, Slider says he's in no rush to find one. He'll continue to promote shows at local venues, and "maybe in a year," consider opening his own.

Former Neckbeard's owner Jake Slider says he's relieved his all-ages venue has  been shut down by the City of Tempe.
Peter Scanlon
Former Neckbeard's owner Jake Slider says he's relieved his all-ages venue has been shut down by the City of Tempe.

"It's actually a huge relief that it's shut down. I had been losing money there for months," he says.

"In fact, I'm as happy as can be."

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