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By Christopher Gray, September 12, 2003, Music

In the Red

Since July, business owners of Red River's 700-800 block have been holding informal meetings at the Red Eyed Fly to counterbalance, in the words of Beerland's Randall Stockton, "forces beyond us making decisions on how we do business." Tops on their agenda is getting Red River certified as an entertainment district à la Sixth Street and the Warehouse District, but other familiar issues have hardly disappeared. The Red Eyed Fly is still getting noise complaints from one of its residential neighbors, despite the fact that co-owner Heath MacIntosh says his club's patio is now sufficiently enclosed to count as an indoor venue. Air Quality Task Force member John Wickham of Elysium reports the latest wrinkle in the smoking-ban saga is a proposal to outlaw smoking in live music venues but not bars -- although there's nothing currently on the books distinguishing between the two. (Some sort of action should be forthcoming now that City Council is done with the budget.) In the meantime, the group, which includes Room 710, Bull McCabe's, and Headhunters, is close to securing nonprofit status from the IRS and has printed up Red River T-shirts that will be available at Wednesday's third installment of Red River Humpday, which as always features $1 beers and no cover from 6-10pm. "A free door and $1 beer really is not-for-profit," joked Headhunters' Steve Ricci.

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The Austin Chronicle

https://www.austinchronicle.com/music/2003-09-12/177169/

TCB

By Christopher Gray, September 12, 2003, Music

In the Red

Since July, business owners of Red River's 700-800 block have been holding informal meetings at the Red Eyed Fly to counterbalance, in the words of Beerland's Randall Stockton, "forces beyond us making decisions on how we do business." Tops on their agenda is getting Red River certified as an entertainment district à la Sixth Street and the Warehouse District, but other familiar issues have hardly disappeared. The Red Eyed Fly is still getting noise complaints from one of its residential neighbors, despite the fact that co-owner Heath MacIntosh says his club's patio is now sufficiently enclosed to count as an indoor venue. Air Quality Task Force member John Wickham of Elysium reports the latest wrinkle in the smoking-ban saga is a proposal to outlaw smoking in live music venues but not bars -- although there's nothing currently on the books distinguishing between the two. (Some sort of action should be forthcoming now that City Council is done with the budget.) In the meantime, the group, which includes Room 710, Bull McCabe's, and Headhunters, is close to securing nonprofit status from the IRS and has printed up Red River T-shirts that will be available at Wednesday's third installment of Red River Humpday, which as always features $1 beers and no cover from 6-10pm. "A free door and $1 beer really is not-for-profit," joked Headhunters' Steve Ricci.

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