Western-themed bar closes to make room for new development

Q: We returned for a girl’s getaway and our favorite hometown nightclub was closed and the sign gone. Is the Electric Cowboy closed for good?

A: We are sorry to report your favorite club located in the Kennesaw Crossing Shopping Center closed its doors at the end of January.

The entrances to the shopping center on the southwest corner at Cobb Parkway and North Roberts Road are blocked and the neighboring stores empty.

The Hooters restaurant is open and will remain on the site.

Electric Cowboys’ Facebook page had this post: “ We hope to be serving you again in the future after we locate a new space close to Kennesaw. We want to thank everyone that helped make our journey possible.

“In the last 8 years, Electric Cowboy Kennesaw has made so many amazing friends and so many customers have made EC what it is today. For some it’s a dance, a romance, a cold beverage, a meeting place, a place for music, a second home, the list goes on. …”

The Western-themed dance and nightclub, once known as Cowboys, along with the other businesses in the shopping center will be demolished to make way for a $65 mixed-use development.

The AJC reported in January, “The development would have a 140-room hotel, two office condo buildings of 9,750 square feet, about 22,000 square feet of retail space and 274 apartments with monthly rents between $1,000 and $3,000, according to plans Varner Developers filed with the city.”

Electric Cowboys was featured in the 2011 remake of the movie “Footloose.” The Starlight Drive-in and Senoia Raceway were also in the movie.

Darryl Simmons, the city’s planning and zoning administrator, told the AJC last June when the proposal was approved that demolition must take place in two years so as to avoid becoming an eyesore.

He said the proposed project would increase the amount in taxes the city would receive from the 13½-acre property tenfold.

Many have tried to revitalize the shopping center, which Simmons said is a gateway property into the city.

The club has been open since 1995, according to its Facebook page. No information yet on plans or place to relocate.

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