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Townhouse Lounge foreclosed, sold at auction

Last week Townhouse Lounge owner Desmond “Desi” Reynoso said he would have to close his business because the landlord was raising the rent –– but county records appear to tell a different, or at least more complex story.

Until recently, Reynoso – who said he goes by Desi David – was his own landlord. Sacramento County Assessor’s Office records records show he was one of the owners who took control of the property on July 17, 2003, but the building housing the business was foreclosed on and sold at auction this month.

Records show that Shirley Johnson purchased the property on the morning of Oct. 16 for $574,789.33. The Sacramento Press was unable to contact her.

When contacted by The Sacramento Press on that same day, Oct. 16, Reynoso said that the business would shut down around the end of the year, citing a raising in rents from the landlord.

We attempted to contact Reynoso to ask about the foreclosure and see if perhaps it was the new landlord that raised the rent, but repeated calls went unanswered, and messages were not returned.

Employees working at Townhouse Lounge Friday night declined to comment.

Townhouse Lounge is a dance club and bar located at 1517 21st St. It has gone through periods of opening and closing in years past.

The bar’s distinctive architecture and bright yellow sign divided reader opinion when we published our first piece on the pending closure. Sacramento Press user “ryuns” was not a fan.

“But seriously, this building is hideous,” he said. “I’m sure there’s a charm to the Soviet architecture and gawdy lettering (that weep streaks of dirt and mildew down the facade), but it’s lost on me.”

Another reader, “Jane,” thought the building was worth saving.

“They should have shut their doors to renovate and rejuvenate the architecture,” she wrote.”It’s a really fascinating building that could be used for some really incredible events.”

Since 2004, the club has played host to some of the largest hipster shows and club nights in Midtown, with DJs Shaun Slaughter, Roger Carpio and many others contributing to its success. Patrons complained of dirty facilities and broken restrooms, but crowds filled the venue nonetheless. This Friday will be Slaughter’s last spin at the club, ending an almost decade-long run with a costumed Halloween party.

Reactions to the announced closing of Townhouse Lounge

Storified by Jared Goyette · Tue, Oct 23 2012 09:27:09

DJ Slaughter wrote a tribute to Townhouse on the Facebook page for the Rough House Records Club:
As it has, the last 2 times it’s closed, Townhouse being non existent in a sea of venues in Sacramento, will create a huge void….Most of the folks who’ve ever been there, complained about the bathrooms, complained about the bar or anything else will realize that even though despite it’s flaws, it was an AMAZING place to cut loose and somehow created this very weird, no holds barred vibe no other venue could duplicate. <br> This closing is very different. It will most definitely stay closed probably not returning as the place it was. I’m sure there’s A LOT of folks who’ll be happy to hear something rad and different is happening to the place and while i’m sort of on board with that too I also can’t help feeling like we’re losing one of the last divey, dirty and fun to party in, spots in Sacramento. <br> <br> Jon Droll and I walked in when it was a dive, gay bar who’s biggest night was drag queen karaoke, built it as a dance venue and so many others (Dan, Roger, Jay Ira, Arnold, Adam, the bartenders, honestly too many to name) have taken it further.<br> <br> Anyway, I have NO idea where I was going with this other than what i’ve repeated a million times in my posts…..Come out and celebrate a VERY long run of amazing times, with amazing friends and say bye to THE most infamous places Sacramento has ever seen. <br> <br> We are doing (what looks to be) only TWO more Fridays at Toho. This friday and our big, annual, HALLOWEEN PARTY on Friday the 26th.<br> <br> – SHAUN
Fans shared their stories about the venue and their feelings about its pending, and possibly permanent closure. 
I’m going to miss townhouse so much!Autumn Hardy
only now have i realized just how much ive taken the townho forgranted. in the sea of dying dinosaurs sacramento has to offer, this one is truly an affair to remember. oh townho, where will i aquire my holiday decorations now?Jenifer Evert
Sylvia Vu so many great memories at this place; eating lasers, taking bras off and hiding them in the kitchen, live music, DJs, Shark Dancing in the fan, miss you and going to miss this place :(Ell Arr
A few have been discussing ways to save it: 
So we need to do something about <a href="http://www.facebook.com/townhouselounge" class="">The Townhouse Lounge</a>. This place has been my home for music the past few years…I don’t want it to go. Ideas?
Buy it?Chris Rouge
Save the townhouse party! FundraiserMargaret Flanigan

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