Located at 736 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, MJQ is one of several longtime businesses on a stretch of Ponce between Bonaventure Avenue and Ponce City Market to announce its closure or express uncertainty about its future. Other shops include the Local, Bookhouse Pub, and Friends on Ponce. Restaurant 8ARM shuttered in August, and Charles Kerns, who owns the property under the Local, said the bar would likely close by the end of the year.
In November, Purcell told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he has bittersweet feelings about MJQ’s last celebration in its current space after more than 25 years there.
“You see places get developed and things change, and you hope it’s not coming to you,” he said. “A lot of the classic places that people love are just being taken away ... how do you hold on to this essence of what has been this hole in the wall place? Even when we move, it’s going to be different.”
George Chang opened MJQ, a nod to the band Modern Jazz Quartet, in 1994. In 1997, MJQ, renamed MJQ Concourse, moved into its current location, which was formerly home to a club called Lou’s Blues Revue.
In addition to DJs spinning a variety of different genres through the years, MJQ was also home to live music venue Drunken Unicorn.
Purcell did not immediately respond to the AJC’s request for comment following the statement posted on MJQ’s Instagram account.
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