Melbourne’s Gasometer Hotel officially changed hands, with a new owner confirmed by the venue over the weekend.
In a statement on Gaso’s Facebook page, former owners Clint Fisher and Shan Vanderwert confirmed the sale to James Martelletti. Fisher and Vanderwert had took the reins in 2014 after working with Brunswick’s Retreat Hotel and Coburg’s Post Office Hotel, respectively.
âAfter an incredible seven years, now is the time for both of us to spend time with the family and explore new avenues,â the couple said.
âIt was an amazing race – we would like to thank all of the bands, musicians, artists, team, staff, vendors, punters and friends for being a part of the Gasometer family.
âWe wish James all the best. We know that Gaso is in excellent hands and that the tradition of live music will continue.
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Martelletti, who has a background in business and technology, tells NME the decision to take over the business was a “mix of good opportunities”, following the closure of his favorite Bombay Rock spot in 2019. While he is the sole director of the company, former Bombay Rock executives Kacey Knoodle and Asher Trainor have joined as shareholders and business partners.
âWhen this particular place closed, the managers, their staff and a horde of loyal customers had nowhere to feel at home and wanted more. Having formed a friendship with former managers Kacey Knoodle and Asher Trainor, and with their vast experience in cultivating successful and inclusive concert halls, it was obvious to approach them with the potential opportunity, âsays Martelletti.
Martelletti says his goals for Gaso are to build on his existing reputation for sound quality and diverse programming, “but with more emphasis on punk, metal and rock shows.”
âAll musicians ourselves, The Gaso is meant to be a place where bands want to play and bettors want to hang out. Vibrant musical scenes do not occur without the hard work and dedication of the communities around them, in which we intend to play our part, âhe says.
The lease for the venue was first listed in April of last year, with sellers looking for offers “in the range of $ 350,000” which represented a “steep discount from the actual value of the venue. “. Several parties would have been interested in the sale at the time. Vanderwert also clarified to NME the sale was unrelated to the pandemic.
âMy business partner and I have worked hard to support Melbourne’s vibrant music scene, but more recently we have increasingly focused on separate career paths and decided to end our partnership and go our separate ways. “said Vanderwert last year.
“It’s great to see that there is a strong interest in the place.”