A fire Saturday heavily damaged the Soul Town nightclub along old Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas, and the longtime owner is assessing how to rebuild it.
Jimmy Dunn, 77, owns Soul Town, which before was the Crystal Pistol strip club, at 907 E. Amarillo Blvd., aka Route 66.
The Amarillo Globe News reported:
At 6:38 a.m. Saturday, Amarillo firefighters responded to the club and found heavy smoke billowing from the attic. Fire crews determined the building wasn’t stable enough to enter and fought the fire from outside, Amarillo Fire Department Capt. Larry Davis said. No injuries were reported, and Davis the building remains unsafe to enter.
Dunn, who says he’s owned the club for about 50 years, said he’ll bring in an architect to see how to go ahead on fixing the building.
The building, which may be as much as 100 years old, also was a country-music venue called Rainbow Gardens. One online source tells about Rainbow Gardens regularly hosting country-music shows as early as 1930. One regular band was the Amarillo Nighthawks dance group, which performed live on local radio station KGRS.
Dunn also told the Globe-News that country stars Willie Nelson and Hank Thompson also performed at Rainbow Gardens. Dunn says it’s one of the oldest lounges still in operation on Route 66, and he doesn’t want to give it up for that reason.