Over-the-Rhine’s e|19 Lounge Bar & Discothèque has announced its permanent closure.
e|19 was opened in the summer of 2020 by Richard Cooke, the organizer of Cincinnati's LGBTQ+ Tea Dance series, right across from Rhinegiest.
The announcement was made in a July 27 Instagram post that gave no specific reason for the closure, but did say that the closure was effective immediately.
The post thanked its employees and said, "It is our priority to work with our employees to help them navigate this difficult situation and find alternative employment.”
They also thanked their customers. “Thank you to everyone who danced the night away with us. We appreciate the support you have shown us during these unprecedented times.”
But there is a bit of a silver lining for fans of e|19, as the post also said they are talking with potential investors and buyers about reopening “with a potential different entertainment offering.”
The statement ended with: “Be kind, be safe, have fun.”