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Owners of Fire-Ravaged Dakota Lounge Pledge to Re-Open

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Inside the Dakota Lounge (via Dakota's website)

Inside the Dakota Lounge (via Dakota's website)
An early morning blaze devastated the owners, staff, and clientele of the Dakota Lounge, burning everything but the stage and sound board of the popular Santa Monica music and restaurant venue. With preliminary investigation indicating the fire may have begun in the business office and that it was not "arson-related," explains the Argonaut, the venue says they are committed to re-opening as soon as possible.

Dakota Lounge's VP of booking and promotions, Heather Rae, included in an email information about the extent of the damage inside the venue, adding that they will "do whatever it takes to reopen the venue [owners Sabrina Roark and Alex Fieglein] devoted their lives and their life savings to." Formerly the Temple Bar, Roark and Fieglein took over the lounge in late 2008.

A message on their website hits a poignant, musical note:

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It's been said that the greatest moment in music is the second just after the last note has been played, the silence when the listener can fully take in and appreciate the experience that the music has just brought to them. Our stage has held the music of both household names and the local singer-songwriter, music has been played for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. And though there is only silence now, maybe we can take this time to all appreciate the experience...and hope for the time when we can listen again.