Left to right: The Crux Owner Bob Cooper and his son, Quentin.
Rumors of The Crux’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Word got out that the all-ages music venue/coffee shop/beer bar might close its doors for good after the Dec. 28 Paper Gates album-release party featuring Phantahex, Jake Saunders and For Fuck’s Sake. That’s when Eric Gilbert, who had loaned the The Crux the public address system it had been using for music acts, dismantled the system and left, leading some to believe that the equipment was being repossessed.
“I’ve been really disappointed in how the place has been operating, so I decided to disassociate with it, having my sound system living there,” Gilbert said.
The next evening, Gilbert said he received a phone call from the police regarding the PA system. Gilbert described his conversation with the police as “a non-issue,” and said he remains hopeful that The Crux will be a venue for Treefort Music Fest music acts in March.
“I really believe in everything that’s been happening there on a surface level,” he said.
Additionally, the Crux has had a tenuous history with Alcohol Beverage Control, managed by Idaho State Police. Patrons may have noticed that the establishment hasn’t served beer since Oct. 9, when ABC revoked its license to serve alcoholic beverages for "administrative violations" pertaining to unpaid taxes. And this isn’t the first time it has gone dry: In May 2012, The Crux came under fire for serving beer w/ no food at an all-ages venue
and temporarily lost its license. At the time, the venue’s owner, Bob Cooper, told BW that beer accounted for 30 percent of its profits. A revamp of the Crux's kitchen facilities cleared the way for the license to be reinstated.
The Alcohol Beverage Control board reconvenes Wednesday, Jan. 7, and will consider reinstating The Crux’s license to serve beer then. When asked for comment on whether the tax issues that precipitated the loss of The Crux’s license to serve beer would be resolved by that time, Cooper was brusque.
“Fuck you. Fuck you. Print that. Fuck you.”