The Golden Bear in Huntington Beach, one of the Southland's oldest music clubs, was spared from demolition Friday, but the victory offered little consolation to the club's operators, who were evicted late Thursday.
The eviction came shortly after a federal bankruptcy judge denied a last-minute bid for an injunction that would have allowed Richard and Charles Babiracki, who have run the Golden Bear since 1974, to remain in business.
The action brought an abrupt end to all music activity at the club, which over the last 25 years has hosted hundreds of major rock, folk, jazz and comedy performers.
"Justice was not served," said Richard Babiracki. "If we had had 30 more days, we could have paid off our creditors 100% with the benefit concerts various artists had indicated they would perform if they had known the Golden Bear was closing."