“It’ll very much be the same Lost Lake, but there will be more bands,” Campbell said of acquiring the room from previous owner Matt LaBarge, who opened Lost Lake in 2010. “For a long time I’ve needed a backup room for the Larimer.”
During busy months The Larimer has had to consistently rent the Walnut Room, Hi-Dive and Lions Lair to accommodate a swell of bands. But now with Lost Lake under Campbell’s control, he wont need to rely on renting other venues.
“The Larimer and that level of club have been very, very busy. It will be nice to have another additional option,” Campbell said. “And it’s cool that the Lost Lake is already a center of the indie community.”
With a capacity of about 75, Lost Lake will host bands that are too small for Larimer Lounge. It can also act as a stepping stone into Larimer and into the Bluebird Theater.
“For a long time I’ve thought that the Lost Lake was a really cool bar,” Campbell said. “I really like the space, I like how it’s laid out, I like that it has two separate rooms.”
Campbell also looked into purchasing the old Rockaway space, 2036 Broadway St., and the Hi-Dive when founder LaBarge put the venue on the market in 2012.
“Ironically it’s the second time I’ve tried to buy a bar from Matt LaBarge,” Campbell said.
LaBarge is parting ways with Lost Lake in order to focus on a bigger project. He said he sold the room to Campbell for about what he paid for it in 2010. In the nearly four years that he owned Lost Lake, LaBarge said the space was successful.
“It did better than most of the other incarnations in that location,” LaBarge said. “We tried to turn it around and make it a little more hip.”
Under Campbell’s ownership, the space will keep its name and staff, but one immediate change he will make is to update the sound system in Lost Lake to one equivalent to Larimer Lounge.
Campbell said he will start booking artists at the beginning of 2014. As summer comes, Campbell said he would like to expand the outdoor patio and put in a garage door.