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Marilyn's on K, the bar and live music joint, is closing after 16 years, it announced on its Web site.

Marilyn's announces that it is closing after November 1st.

We'd like to thank our loyal customers, whom we consider our friends and family, for your support over the last 16 years. We are also proud of our employees who have made the Marilyn's experience possible over the years.

Marilyn's began as "Marilyn's on 12th and K" in 1998, before that corner became gentrified. That was before IMAX, K-Bar, Esquire, Sheraton, etc. Those days, Marilyn's was the only bar in the neighborhood, hosting construction workers when they got off shifts, and entertaining Hyatt customers seeking a local, informal pub experience.

When the landlord at 12th and K was foreclosed, the new owner's vision did not include a bar. Having established a presence on K Street, Marilyn's moved down the street and found a unique "underground" opportunity near 9th Street, reopening in 2005 as "Marilyn's on K"...

Marilyn's was a trend-setter for Sacramento's entertainment community, and looks forward to watching the evolution of downtown in general, and K Street in particular. In the closing weeks, Marilyn's invites everyone to stop by and enjoy "the vibe" a few more times, and reminisce with staff and fellow customers. Join the party all day and night on Saturday, November 1st !

Read their entire announcement on their Web site.

According to the Sac Bee, the spot will become a bar/arcade concept. I'm envisioning a much smaller version of Dave & Busters, or possibly the game room at Republic.

New owners Roy Ledo and Hassan Mahmood intend to open a restaurant similar to their San Diego Coin Op, including the arcade component, that will include as many as 40 video-game machines, Swanigan said.

“Our background is craft cocktails,” Ledo said. “We’re going with a classical arcade bar – with craft cocktails and craft beer.”

Ledo said that the new restaurant and bar will open in February and will have about 25 employees.

He also co-owns a San Diego cocktail lounge and exotic meat restaurant called Lion’s Share

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

The Bee also reports that the owner's other business, Paradigm Systems, Inc. was taking an increasing amount of her time, leading her to rethink her time allocation.

Certainly, the downtown core is changing as the opening of the arena closes. I'm not sure if it'll be better or worse, but the change hasn't always been bad. Mother is definitely better than the Blimpie's Subs that occupied that space previously. My guess, though, is that this is just the beginning of the change.

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Arena Casualty Watch: Marilyn's on K to close - In another sign that downtown Sac as we know it is quickly fading into a thing of the past, the owners of Marilyn’s on K announced Thursday that they’d sold the business. The basement club, known for its emphasis on local rock, blues and jazz, will close effective Nov. 1. Rachel Leibrock in Sac News & Review.

VIDEO: Downtown Venue ‘Marilyn’s on K’ Prepares to Shut Down - After 16 years of business downtown, Marilyn’s on K will close on November 1st. Owner Linda Swanigan decided to call it quits, not because of lack of profits, but instead she say if was simply time to move on. Ali Wolf on FOX 40.

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