AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - In March 2015, John Brandt and Martin Kadenhead were informed that they would be unable to renegotiate their lease at the War Eagle Supper Club.
The news hit the college roommates hard after working at the bar for more 50 years between the two of them. The dive bar, located at 2061 S. College St., is an Auburn institution since 1937.
"It was like a shot in the gut. This is all I have known, in my adult life this is my only job pretty much," Brandt said.
The news has certainly been difficult for the two, they have spent countless hours here and it serves almost as a second home.
"It was disappointing, ya know this is something I thought we could continue on," Kadenhead said. "We have been doing it for 25, I have been here for 20 years in ownership with John. I've been here about 35. Yeah, so ya gotta start over, at our age that is tough sometimes."
Thursday night's New Years Eve blowout will be the last time the Club opens its doors to the War Eagle faithful.
John and Martin are using this last event as an opportunity to commemorate some of the best times at the Supper Club, and in true Supper Club fashion, they had to bring back one of their fondest memories.
"First time I ever stepped foot in the building was to see Telluride play - and that was in the late '70s early '80s. And then the first weekend that I worked here Telluride played," said Brandt. "We built that addition, I think, in 1984 and they were the first band to play on that stage, so it was only right but they do a reunion show once or twice a year so we just said we have to have Telluride because they are the most fitting band to play that stage."
Thursday night's event will be packed. They began selling tickets back in September and sold out all 470 tickets in a matter of days.
There is still hope that the War Eagle Supper Club will open up a new location within the next couple of months.