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Jokers Closing After 21 Years to Make Way for Voodoo Lounge in Cedar Falls

Waterloo IA – JULY 31, 2015 – Jokers Nightclub in Cedar Falls is closing after 21 years. Jokers opened on July 7th, 1994 and will say goodbye to the Cedar Valley on Thursday August 6th with a going away party to celebrate its two-decade long history.

“It truly saddens me to see it close,” said Darin Beck, owner of Jokers and CEO of Barmuda Companies, “but all good things eventually come to an end and its time for us to do the next big thing. We’ve had an incredibly successful run with Jokers, one of the longest in Iowa history. In an industry known for it’s failure rates, the average life expectancy nationwide for a nightclub is three years. Joker’s has clearly beaten the odds for a very long time and set a very high mark for others to aim for.”

The 3rd floor of the Odd Fellows building at 401 Main St. that has been home to Joker’s since 2007 will become the new home of another one of Barmuda’s successful brands, Voodoo Lounge. The space is scheduled to undergo renovations and reopen this Fall.

Sept. 5th is a special date for Beck. “It’s the day I opened Shagnasty’s in 1986 - my first concept here in the Cedar Valley,” he said. “It’s so hard to believe that it will be Barmuda’s 30th anniversary next year. I’ve done everything I can to bring new and exciting places for people to eat, drink and dance in the Cedar Valley.” Beck went on to add that he knows first hand how important it is to the quality of life in our community to have options for entertainment and dining and he plans to continue to bring new options to the Cedar Valley for as long as he is alive.

“Shagnasty’s had a total of three locations in it’s 18-year history, Joker’s had two locations in its 21-year history, it only makes sense that the highly successful Voodoo Lounge grow into its 2nd location in its 13th year of business.  I’m truly excited for people to see the new Voodoo within the next couple months,” added Beck. “The new Voodoo will feel very much like the old Voodoo and provide that sexy lounge environment rather than the over-the-top nightclub experience. Voodoo’s success is due in large part to the shift in nightlife culture to a simpler experience where people can socialize and talk while enjoying upscale venues that cater to a more sophisticated super pub experience. Craft beers and cocktails are part of the modern late night culture and the new Voodoo will have plenty of both.”