In April of this year, Kate Kennedy, the co-owner of downtown nightclub Skylight, told SFR that it would stop regular operations and scale back hours and events (April 25: "Skylight to Stop Regular Operations This Week"). It was a stop-gap measure to prevent the club from closing down completely and, by June, her fellow co-owner Joe Ray Sandoval sat down with us to explain how the new system was working (June 13: "The Sky's the Limit (Almost)"). Both seemed optimistic, citing local realtor David Barker as instrumental in a good-faith system that allowed Skylight to continue hosting events. As of today, however, Kennedy has told us that Skylight will officially close for good and that all events currently booked have been canceled.
"As of Tuesday, December 5th, Barker Management has taken possession of the Skylight property resulting in an immediate closure and cancellation of all future events," Kennedy said via email. "We want to thank our staff, customers, entertainment, vendors, supporters and the Barker Family for giving us this opportunity. We are grateful to have provided a nightlife venue in Santa Fe for the last three years and look forward to future ventures." She did not wish to comment further.
A GoFundMe page has been established for the community to donate to Skylight employees as we head into the holidays. Donations can be made here.
The news comes fresh off the announcement that The Underground at Evengelo's, the downstairs bar just across from Skylight on San Francisco St., would also close, though that particular establishment will reportedly reopen with a new format soon.
SFR reached out to David Barker for comment and will update this story when possible.