Ray Benson-affiliated warehouse district club Rattle Inn abruptly closes

Representatives from FBR Management have confirmed that the Rattle Inn, a bar and live music venue in the Warehouse District, has closed.

“It’s been a wonderful eight years and with all that’s on the horizon for FBR this year, we are committed to focusing on our other projects throughout Austin,” a representative from FBR, the group that operated the club, said Monday.

Bob Guz, co-founder of the Austin Ukulele Society, at the group’s Open Mic Night held at the Rattle Inn in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

The bar at 610 Nueces St. was conceptualized as a Western dance club and Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson signed on to help open it. The live music portion of the venue was christened Ray’s Backstage, and Asleep at the Wheel paraphernalia adorned the club’s walls. The club also featured an upstairs deck and a whiskey lounge.

In a 2013 interview, Benson told the Statesman, “If you don’t have small clubs with music during the week, musicians don’t have a place to work, and they also don’t have anywhere to develop their talent.”

But the club never seemed to find its footing as a live music venue or destination for swing dancing, though it hosted many private and corporate events.

As of Tuesday morning, there was no announcement about the closure on the club’s social media accounts and the Rattle Inn website was down.  The last post on the the club’s Facebook page was an April 9 item that a crawfish boil scheduled for April 14 had been canceled.