After news venue is ‘permanently closed,’ Mac’s Bar owner says it now may reopen this summer

Published: Apr. 28, 2021 at 12:20 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - A popular bar in Lansing that’s been closed for several months may be making a comeback after news and speculation surfaced this week it may be gone for good.

Mac’s Bar in Lansing, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., hasn’t been a live music venue since March of 2020 but could return this summer, said Chuck Mannino, its owner.

Mannino told News 10 on Thursday he’s still working on plans and may know more about a reopening in a week or so. When pressed on the matter, Mannino wouldn’t give an exact date or month when it could reopen.

The news comes a day after Mac’s Bar’s Facebook page said it’s “permanently closed” and later read it’s “temporarily closed.”

Scott Bell, who has helped book shows at Mac’s for several years, told News 10 on Wednesday the bar hasn’t hosted a live music act since March 2020 and isn’t expected to host live music if it ever reopens.

Bell said city property records indicate the Mac’s Bar building dates back to the late 1800s and once served as a saloon..

While it was open, Mac’s was considered one of the only bar’s in mid-Michigan to offer live music seven days a week.

Clare Mackenzie, aka “Mac,” is credited for turning the bar into a music venue several years ago after booking Kenny Knot, a Midwest punk rocker.

Mac’s welcomed diverse music acts that were part of the metal, rock, hip hop, rap, punk, folk and ska underground scenes. It hosted acts like the Insane Clown Posse, Macklemore and Wiz Khalifa.

News 10 will keep you posted on the status of Mac’s once we get more information.

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