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The future of Box Awesome has been decided: The music venue at 815 O St. will close July 6.

Owners of the business and their landlords settled the issue during a hearing in Lancaster County Court on Monday.

Landlords Monte and Lisa R. Froehlich terminated Box Awesome's lease in May and ordered tenants Jeremiah and Leah Moore to vacate the premises within 10 days.

When they did not, the Froehlichs sued, saying the Moores defaulted by failing to pay the monthly rent by May 1. The lease had been scheduled to expire Oct. 31.

A hearing on the other part of the lawsuit, which alleges Box Awesome has damaged the property, will take place in August.

"I feel very bad about anything that would impact (Jeremiah's) business," Monte Froehlich said. "I think we're going to have as good an outcome as could be expected."

Froehlich said there is no new tenant lined up for the space, but he welcomes one after July 6.

The suit came on the heels of Box Awesome owners expanding to the newly opened Bourbon Theatre, 1415 O St. They had intended to keep both locations open.

The goal for Box Awesome owners and staff now, said booking manager Jeremy Buckley, is to get a new venue of the same ilk opened by the end of the year.

"But we need to make sure everything is running smoothly with the Bourbon before we jump into Box Awesome 2.0," Buckley said.

It's not the location that made Box Awesome successful, he said.

"It's what Box Awesome is," he said. "We can move somewhere, and we can still have the same personality and the same heart."

Box Awesome will host its farewell show June 30 with the bands Somasphere, Triggertown and Plack Blague.

Reach Micah Mertes at 473-7395 or mmertes@journalstar.com.

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