The property for Fitzgerald’s, which has hosted live musical acts in the century-old building near the corner of White Oak Boulevard and Studewood Street for four decades, has been sold to a local real estate developer.
Sara Fitzgerald, who has owned the property and venue since 1977, confirmed the property’s sale and has said she will stay on hand to run the venue until a decision is made with regards to its future development.
“I bought it 42 years ago to flip it, it just took me that long to flip it,” she said of the venue, which was in danger of being torn down when she purchased it more than four decades ago. “I thought it was a cool building, and somehow got into the music business and stayed around a long time. It wasn’t the intent to become this kind of music promoter, it just sort of happened.”
The property has been sold to Heights Studemont Purchase Company, LLC, an affiliate of Chicago-based Easy Park. They also own additional sites such as Christian’s Tailgate and Tacos a Go Go on White Oak Drive. Fitzgerald said she had been conducting ongoing negotiations for about a year or two, with several offers having come to the table before closing with the Easy Park affiliate July 1.
“They’re just adding [to what they already have on White Oak], and I started talking to them about three or four months ago,” she said.
Over the past 42 years, throngs of patrons at Fitzgerald’s have seen thousands of up-and- coming acts, regionally successful artists, and national tours grace the venue’s stages – which Fitzgerald has enjoyed.
“I’ve seen shows that I would’ve never seen on my own, and I have more memories than anyone in sheer entertainment,” she said. “Every day it’s something different, and in that regard it’s been fascinating.”
But in the end, she believed it was just time for a new stage in life, prompting the decision to sell.
“Forty years of doing anything, is quite a long ride – it’s time to do something different,” she said.