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Published on October 1st, 2012 | by Madison Cleo

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See: The Scoot Inn Lives On

The Scoot Inn closed its doors recently, but not for long. It has been leaked through (the very reliable) grapevine that Doug Guller, owner and founder of Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill, has purchased Scoot Inn and is planning to re-open the venue in early November.

“I’ve been a fan of the Scoot Inn for years and I love the Austin vibe and the intimate setting of its backyard,” said Doug Guller, CEO of ATX Brands. “Once I learned that the venue may no longer book live music, I had to step in and keep the tradition alive. We are thrilled that live music can now continue at this storied venue.”

The bar has been open and running in East Austin since 1871 and is considered to be one of the oldest bars in Texas. In 1940, Scoot Ivy and his friend “Red” crafted the bar into the laid back venue it has become known for, as Red’s Scoot Inn. Scoot and Red owned and operated the bar until they died in their late seventies, some time in the 1980s. Though the early history of the Scoot Inn is unclear, it is a known fact that it remained open during the Depression and Prohibition, giving railroadmen and warehouse foreman a place to stop at the end of the day to get their fill.

After Scoot and Red died and the bar changed hands, it caught fire. It was rebuilt in 1997 and run by Vera Sandaval and her mother, also known as Red. The ladies kept a good eye on it, brought in better music and a better crowd and ultimately made Scoot Inn what we fondly know of as an eclectic East Austin hang out. Kevin Crutchfield and James Stockbauer bought the business in 2006 and restored much of the timeless saloon design and ambiance to the Scoot Inn. There were stages built, SXSW showcases held, but by August there were rumors that Crutchfield and Stockbauer were looking to sell, and the venue hosted its last show on August 31, 2012.

Although Scoot Inn will not be around for Austin City Limits Festival this year, it will be back and running by the time Fun Fun Fun Fest rolls around. What kind of Austin-hipster festival would it be without one of the more known hipster-hangouts on the East side? We look forward to sharing a drink (and maybe a party) with you at Scoot Inn sometime soon.

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