Historic Ballard music venue shutters, but supporters work to reopen it as a co-op

“I think some of the best songs that you’ve never heard are written by your neighbor,” said one supporter, now working to turn Conor Byrne into a co-op.

SEATTLE — A staple in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood has been sitting on the same corner for 125 years: Conor Byrne, an Irish pub and music venue. 

The historic Ballard Avenue pub is credited with helping bands like The Head and the Heart get their start. But as of March 31, their doors are shut and the music is quiet.

“It was heartbreaking. It felt like the end of an era,” Erika Lundahl, a musician who played

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