Instead of being welcomed back to Northgate with open arms and giant soon-to-be-washed-off sharpie X’s on the back of their hands, students looking to extend Winter Break for a few more days were greeted by a locked door and a feeling of disappointment and sadness.
Schotzi’s, one of College Station’s longest standing and most well renowned establishments, had closed over the winter break.
“Nobody knew it was going to happen. There were no warning signs. We just came back and it was gone,” said senior Business major Will Higgins.
Best known for Tuesday night karaoke and “that blue drink with a lot of booze in it,” Schotzi’s has been an integral part of the normal T-Shirt Tuesday routine for many underage members of the College Station area.
“Some of my best Tuesday nights have started off at Schotzi’s watching my friends belt out those classic karaoke songs we have all come to know and love. Where are we supposed to pregame for Sake and Foundation’s after the pregame at my friend Jake’s house now? The Bryan/College Station area has suffered a real loss over this break,” said junior aerospace engineering major Casey Brooks.
Rumors about what new establishment will take the place of this legendary bar have been circulating, including a two story “Mega Panda Express” or a second Halo location, but nothing has been confirmed.
Schotzi’s will be sorely missed—by employees and it’s many patrons, whom it helped and inspired to forget about their stage fright. But as Schotzi’s looks down from college bar heaven, it should know that it has made the Gates of North proud.
Funeral information for the bar and the parts of your dignity that may have been lost on the premises while attending will be released soon.
For contributing to some of our best nights and our worst mornings. We love you Schotzi’s.
-Maco Ovo Queso Polo
*The Mugdown as a student organization does not support underage drinking. Beer is bad. Alcohol is of the devil. Never, under any circumstances should you drink underage.