Thirsty First, Lowell’s location, closes Central Street location

Thirsty First tavern and grill poured its last drinks for parched visitors – on Central Street, at least.

Venue, bar and restaurant Lowell announced yesterday (November 5) that its landlord had terminated its lease at 280 Central St., forcing the business to close and seek a new location. Thirsty First shared the news on Facebook, where they explained that a sprinkler system accident several weeks ago caused severe damage to the building, putting their lease in jeopardy.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce The Thirsty First will not be returning to 280 Central St.,” the post shares. “The damage to the building was extensive and there is no time frame as to how long it will take to repair or if it can be repaired at all. As a result, the owner of the building chose to terminate our lease. Thank you very much to each of our customers who have become a family over the past 7 years. Your support has gotten us through the pandemic and your loyalty over the past year with all the issues in the building has been appreciated more than we could ever tell you.

According to the post, Thirsty First is already looking for a new home specifically in downtown Lowell, in a bid to maintain the town’s musical momentum – which is also supported by Warp & Weft, The Worthen Cafe, Zorba Music Hall, new place Taffeta, and Galerie Z, among others.

“We are in the process of finding another location downtown and hope to reopen as soon as possible and better than ever,” Thirsty First says on Facebook. “We understand there was something special about our location on Central Street and we’ll do our best to bring as much of that vibe with us as possible!”

As a regular host of live music, Thirsty First has played a major role in fueling Lowell’s culture, whether the venue has wrapped up in leather jackets for its annual Punktober Fest, or hosted artists on its terrace to perform safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. His influence even earned the space a nomination for “Live Music Venue Of The Year (Under 250 Capacity)” at last year’s Boston Music Awards.

Following the sprinkler system accident in mid-September – which flooded the venue – Thirsty First canceled or outsourced its programming, including this year’s Punktober Fest, which moved to Trend on Merrimack Street.

We will relay more news once we have it.

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