lab_closed_2_2014UPDATE: Word on the street is that the LAB is cleaning up after a metal band playing the back room music venue at LAB sprayed animal blood on the audience. Twitter folks say they were there, while others report seeing photos. “It looked pretty brutal,” was one comment.”

ORIGINAL POST: Signs up at the Lexington Avenue Brewery in downtown Asheville announce an unexpected closure for the big craft brewery, restaurant, bar and music venue on Lexington Avenue. It’s one of the biggest entertainment venues on one of Asheville’s most beloved downtown streets.

The signs say: “Sorry for the inconvenience, we are closed for the next few days for reasons beyond our control. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again soon.”

No word yet on what, exactly, is going on with the restaurant. According to the LAB’s page on Facebook, the brewery and restaurant is closed to take on cleaning projects.

Details to come.

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  1. The restaurant knew beforehand exactly what they were booking. Relax people, no need to get upset about it.

  2. They did this at another show but they also had an actual pig head that they threw into the crowd and hit a girl. She has permanent damage to her eye now and can barely see out of it. This band is full of horrible people and they claim to be a Satanistic band but one of them used to be in a Christian band. They’re just out for attention and they are full of shit.

  3. I saw pics of the after math. Not only did they spay pigs blood ell over everyone, they flooded the damn place. It looked like the scene from the shining where the elevator door opens and a sea of blood poured out. It looked disgusting. The employees were pissed. I can imagine that LAB is saying they “are cleaning up for the busy season” because they don’t need patrons thinking about the ocean of blood that was every where. There was 3-5 inches of standing puddles in places. The band is called “Young and in the Way” and went out to get wastes and left staff to clean up the mess. I don’t care if I sound old and lame. That shit is gross, fucked up, and disrespectful. Get off my lawn, mother fuckers!!!

    • boatrocker says:

      Wow, I need to go watch “The Shining” again to get that image out of my mind. After spending my entire adult life trying to forget a movie that scared the poop out of me when I was a wee lad no less.

  4. What is the name of the band?

  5. Maybe the cleaning project will ultimately help them make beer that doesn’t suck.

  6. When you don’t pay your bands, you take what you get.

  7. They must have used real blood if they had to close down to clean up. I hope it’s not a bio hazard!

  8. Spraying animal blood all over the audience huh? Now THAT’S entertainment! I guess somebody thought it was a good idea.

    • It was definitely entertaining, so you got that right.

      • If you find that entertaining, you are a perfect image of why our youth are so F’ d up.

        • If you think that’s a valid criticism, you are everything that’s wrong with today’s Old Fogies. Don’t you have a lawn to keep kids off of?

          • No son. We’re wise enough to view those antics as disgusting, distracting, and disrespectful to the restaurant owners and employees who are now (temporarily) out of work. I’m sure you were raised to think this stuff is cool and ok. Are both of your parents in prison, or just your father?

        • PERFECT image

  9. Actually I’m willing to bet it has something to do with the Black Metal influenced Hardcore band that played the Empire Tattooing anniversary party that covered themselves and a goodly part of the crowd in Pig’s Blood.

  10. All of those health department point deductions are nickel and dime type stuff… Nothing that would make an owner want to shut down for part of a week. You can buy scoops with handles a little quicker than that. It is strange that the sign says “for reasons beyond our control” while the Facebook page says it’s just for some cleaning projects to make everything shiny for visitors…

  11. Oh…oh…wait. I want to change my guess to “A band dumped animal blood all over the place during a performance the other night.”

    Yeah…that’s my new guess.

  12. Could also be an ALE thing…

  13. If I had to hazard a guess…I would say they are closed for reasons beyond their control.

  14. A band played there on Sunday night and sprayed pigs blood everywhere. Onto everything.

  15. This is probably from the show the other night where a band played and covered themselves and most of the crowd in the back room in pig’s blood.

  16. Here is their last inspection, which was last week. It’s on the Health Dept’s page. They got a 96.5 so it wasn’t too nasty and I don’t see anything that would have the health dept shut them down.

    LEXINGTON AVENUE BREWERY
    Location: 39 N LEXINGTON AVE ASHEVILLE, NC 28801
    Facility Type: Restaurant
    Inspection Date: 06/17/2014

    Score: 96.5
    # Comments
    14. 4-501.114; Priority;A chemical SANITIZER used in a SANITIZING solution for a manual or mechanical operation at contact times specified under ¶ 4 703.11(C) shall meet the criteria specified under § 7 204.11 Sanitizers, Criteria, shall be used in accordance with the EPA-registered label use instructions, and shall be used as follows P: (A) A chlorine solution shall have a minimum temperature based on the concentration and PH of the solution as listed in the following chart; P MG/L; P (C) A quaternary ammonium compound solution shall: (1) Have a minimum temperature of 24oC (75oF), P Sanitizing strength at bar dish machine required to meet at least 50ppm. Points – 1.5

    20. 3-501.16 (A)(2) and (B); Priority; All potentially HAZ. Foods required to be cold held at or below 45 degrees F. Points – 1.5

    41. 3-304.12; Core; Do not use food containers as flour scoop. Required to have scoop with handle. Points – 0.5

    46. 4-302.14; Priority Foundation; Tests strips required for quat based sanitizer. 0.0

    • Shows that this establishment has been doing a good job with their sanitizing and I’ll be there in a few weeks to have a few beers and a bite to eat. I don’t know if the rumor is true but if it is maybe this Band should be sued for the few days the Lab is closed for loss of business and for court and Lawyer fee’s, only if this rumor is true!

  17. Their recent inspection by the Health Department on 6-17-2014 was scored 96.5…

    http://buncombe.digitalhealthdepartment.com/reports.cfm

  18. A post on their Facebook page suggests they are closed for cleaning…

    “Sorry guys . . . .

    We are closed for the next few days for cleaning projects. We expect a VERY BUSY season and want to be ready for all our wonderful patrons and give you the best experience possible!

    We love you all, and can’t wait to see you soon!”

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lexington-Avenue-Brewery/166734997292

  19. What happened to their plans to open up more space next door…

  20. If I had to hazard a guess, it’s going to be health department related shut down.

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