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The Ruby Room in Hillcrest to close this week

SAN DIEGO -- After five years, 1,500 shows, 19 parking lot festivals, three CityFests, countless art shows, numerous charity events, and several friends and drinks later, The Ruby Room will be closing its doors and changing ownership this week.

Due to creative and directional differences, operators and half-owners Sean and Brittni Cute are selling their shares of the Hillcrest music venue to their business partner, and taking the name with them.

"This isn't goodbye - it is a reincarnation," Sean Cute said. "The body is still there, but the soul of The Ruby Room is moving on to take new form."

The Cutes have already starting shopping for new locations for their next project in the San Diego area.

"Live music and art is who we are, and you will be sure to find a bigger and better version of this with our new project," Brittni Cute said. "The talent in San Diego is vast and we feel so fortunate to be a part of it."

In a news release, the Cutes said they would like to personally thank the community of San Diego, the fabulous neighborhood of Hillcrest, the Hillcrest Business Association, all the artists, musicians, non-profits, promoters, patrons, journalists, friends, neighbors, and staff that have passed through the doors of The Ruby Room.

“It takes involvement from everyone to make a creative project of this magnitude happen," Sean Cute said. "This has been an extremely exciting chapter in our life."

Sean Cute will also be stepping down as secretary of the Hillcrest Business Association, although he plans to rejoin following the opening of the new location.

"Giving back to the community that I was a part of even before we opened The Ruby Room is a high priority," Sean Cute said of Hillcrest. "Our neighborhood is definitely something special."

Although owners Sean and Brittni Cute have left, the space at 1271 University Ave. will have a name change by mid-July. The Cute's said that the space's new concept will be led by their former business partner, with less of an art and music orientation, and more focus on being a local tavern.

Artists themselves, the Cutes say they have a few side projects that they'll be working on over the summer. Sean Cute is currently working on a self-penned book about the experience and exploits of owning a rock venue titled “What The Hell Do I Know”. Brittni Cute will be giving her abstract photography career a resurgence, which has spanned New York, LA, London, and Milan.

The Ruby Room's website is HERE.