After two years at the corner of 11th and Market, Quartyard is pulling up stakes. The outdoor venue, which started as a thesis project for students at a local architecture and design school, evolved into a dynamic, real-life event hub crafted from shipping containers that incorporated a stage, beer garden and eatery, coffee shop and dog park. Having temporarily leased its lot from the city, Quartyard now needs to vacate the space to make way for a new high rise development.
A farewell party, scheduled for Friday, June 2, will not be Quartyard’s swan song. Its mobile layout will be picked up and reconfigured in a new spot just a stone’s throw away 13th and Market. Quartyard general manager Justin Navale says they are in final negotiations with the city on the lease, which they hope to extend to up to three years. Navale told Eater that this lot is a little bit smaller, around the same size as the current Quartyard minus the dog park portion, but he says that finding a spot for another dog-friendly area in new space is a top priority. All of the Quartyard’s existing elements, including Meshuggah Shack Coffee Shop, will transfer over as well as its regular calendar of events. If all goes smoothly, Quartyard will reopen the second week of October. Navale says the team will spend the summer working on the layout for the new site and a strategy for strengthening its work with community organizations.