The Funhouse dive bar and club on Queen Anne, whose building in the shadow of the Space Needle was sold to make way for a seven-story mixed-use development earlier this year, has been unable to find a new location, Funhouse owner Brian Foss confirms. The club plans to vacate its current building on Halloween.

The club was planning to take over the Lower Queen Anne space currently occupied by the sports bar The Spectator, but pulled out of the deal, Foss says, after the city refused to allow it to open without installing an expensive sprinkler system.

"I was hoping the [Seattle Fire Department] would grant the Spectator space a similar sprinkler exemption that the Funhouse has since the Spectator is smaller than the funhouse, but nope," Foss says. He says he and his business partners lost "a few thousand dollars" in the process of trying to move to the new location.

Foss says he will continue looking in to other potential locations, "but we need to make sure having live music is not a problem from day one."

A spokeswoman for the Seattle Fire Department says she's looking in to the Spectator's sprinkler situation.
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