Dan Nolen, proprietor of the longstanding Atlanta pub and music venue Smith’s Olde Bar, has spent the better part of the summer in the midst of a battle with the building owners over the lease. The venue’s original lease was granted by Beverly Taylor, who passed away earlier this year at age 97, and her successes subsequently put the property up for sale, gave Smith’s an eviction notice and raised the short term lease and insurance coverage requirements for the business to a level that Nolen-Reeves Music (Nolen’s booking and management company, located in the same Morningside neighborhood building) and Smith’s Olde Bar couldn’t meet.
On Friday, August 28th, Smith’s Olde Bar and Nolen-Reeves Music came to lease agreement with the Taylor Family through the end of 2015. The building is still up for sale and Nolen hopes to renegotiate the lease for the businesses to stay for many years to come.
“We very much would like to remain in the property which we have called home for the last 23 years,” Nolen said. “We have existing performance commitments to the bands booked through 2015 and obligations to our longtime employees who also did not see this coming.”