For the past eight years, Audie’s Olympic Tavern has helped define Fresno’s music scene, hosting scores of traveling bands and serving as a hub and home for local musicians. The Tower District nightclub – which was once known simply as the Oly and more as recently Club Fred – will be closing, possibly by the end of the month.
There will be at least one final show at the club next weekend, according to owner Audie Pardon.
“I’ve never been in this venture to get rich or to cheat people. The Oly and Club Fred have been a community arts and cultural center long before I took over 2006,” Pardon wrote in a Facebook post last week. The closure is not one of choice, he wrote. He is being “squeezed out” by the building’s new owners.
“We were good for the community. They couldn’t care less,” Pardon wrote.
For its part, P&P Holdings LLC, which bought the building in June 2015, says Pardon was given every opportunity to sign a lease and that they are committed to the long-term success of the property and the neighborhood.
“When the building came on the market, we thought it was a great investment, given the building’s history as a Tower institution,” says Steve Daniele, one of three partners in P&P Holdings. A new tenant has been found and the club will reopen – under a new name – in the next two months. It will continue to operate as a live music venue.
There is no word on whether Pardon will reopen his business in another location.