San Jose’s beloved jazz club Cafe Stritch closes

The Stritch cafe is closing its doors for good.

It’s a great loss for South Bay jazz fans, who have flocked to the club in downtown San Jose – located on First Street in the SoFA neighborhood – for years to hear live music performed in a intimate setting.

The club was closed for nearly two years as COVID-19 ravaged much of the local music scene, but fans were eagerly awaiting the day the club would reopen. Instead, the club’s owners – who also once ran popular venue Eulipia – decided to say goodbye to the business.

“We would like to thank you for your patience since our closure almost two years ago, and to let you know that Café Stritch will not be reopening,” the Borkenhagen family said in a prepared statement. “Thank you so much for sharing with us all the live music, shared meals and lasting memories that were the essence of Cafe Stritch and Eulipia before him. We never could have done it if not together: musicians and public, bartenders and barbacks, waiters and bussers, cooks and dishwashers.

Mama Kin, a new venue, will take the place vacated by Cafe Stritch. More information will be posted as it becomes available. Check back here for updates.

The Borkenhagen family ended their statement on the closure of Cafe Stritch on a hopeful note, imploring people to continue supporting live music.

“Without your regular support (through the good times and especially the bad) spaces like Stritch simply
cannot survive,” the family said. “We have great faith in the resilience of our beloved downtown San Jose music and arts community, and we look forward to seeing what new spaces and experiences it will provide in the future, especially the new venture at our old location, Mama Kin.

“Once again, we thank you for sharing these luminous moments in this valley of heart’s delights.”

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