The Riot Room closes its doors after 13 years

Shayla Gaulding

The Riot Room/Screenshot from Fox 4

The Riot Room in Westport is officially closed. With no bands touring and no audience buying tickets, the live music venue was forced to shut its doors after taking large financial losses during the pandemic.

Riot Room co-owner Tim Gutschenritter confirmed the news to KCUR Monday, stating that the landlord has leased the property to someone else, though no information about who will move into the space has been released yet.

Tim has owned Riot Room for over a decade with his brother, Dallas. The brothers applied for small business COVID-19 relief funds but didn’t receive their grant money. They also created a GoFundMe account during the pandemic to keep the Riot Room afloat but came short of their $50,000 goal. 

Fans have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment and reminisce on the Riot Room’s time on the Kansas City music scene. 

It’s still up in the air if Riot Room will return to a new location, but in the meantime, Riot Room’s upcoming concerts will likely be moved to new locations around KC.

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