Located underground in the heart of Austin’s well known 6th street is the acclaimed and lively Barcelona nightclub. For more than a decade the venue has been one of the busiest and loudest features of the Austin live music and clubbing scene. Recently however the club was threatened with closure due to a dispute with the owner of their building over the club’s lease.
In May 2014, the Landlord of the venue claimed that the operators of Barcelona had violated their lease by playing music at night that was too loud. The owner of Barcelona received a letter from the Landlord’s attorney threatening the club with eviction within days unless the club agreed to cease playing loud music and other amplified sounds.
In a bid to save their business the club owner brought in Pete Reid Law to figure out a way to keep the club open that weekend and to ensure the business’s long-term future.
Knowing that time was of the essence, Pete Reid worked through the night and the following morning to draft a lawsuit that contained a request for a Temporary Restraining Order to enjoin the Landlord from doing anything that would effect the running of the business.
Appearing in Travis County District Court later the same day, Mr. Reid’s efforts proved successful and Judge Orlinda Naranjo ordered that the Landlord was enjoined from terminating the lease or taking any action that would disrupt the club’s business.
The Judge specifically decreed that the club could play music at any level between 5.30pm and 2.00am.
With the injunction in place, Pete Reid took the lead on negotiating a new long-term lease that specifically allowed the club to operate and play loud music during its normal business hours.
Almost twelve months later, the new lease was signed and thanks to Pete Reid Law, the club never missed a beat and stayed open throughout the lawsuit and the negotiations.
During that period the club hosted two appearances during ACL Fest by Grammy Award Winner Skrillex and remains one of the coolest and loudest venues on Austin’s famous 6th Street.
Photo credit: Dasha Miller