It’s been a gradual yet swift takedown of music venues ever since Death by Audio kicked the bucket in 2014, and yet, the closure of Cake Shop has still left many a musician and DIY enthusiast with tears in their eyes. Though the venue has managed to sustain itself for the equivalent of one-hundred years in Lower East Side time, its final night in its current incarnation will be New Year’s Eve.
This, however, does actually mean some good for Bushwick’s own Bake Shop, long confused with the iconic music venue. But, alas, with every piece of good news, it seems that a tenfold piece of bad news must come with it. In this case, it’s that many Cake Shop loyalists are placing the blame for Cake Shop closure on Bake Shop.
“If it wasn’t for that goddamn Bake Shop bullshit luring away potential Cake Shop customers with its similar name, maybe Cake Shop coulda survived a little longer. Now it’s just another thing that died in 2016,” commented Samo Blamo, a 26-year-old bassist in a band called The Abortions. When Bake Shop was asked to speak on the matter, The Burning Bush was simply silenced with a Brooklyn Blackout cake.
Written by Genna Rivieccio