PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — A popular karaoke bar in Peoria, Pitch, has officially closed its doors for good after nearly roughly eight years.
The owner of the building, Clay Dobelstein, confirmed Pitch Karaoke Bar, located on West Main Street in Peoria, closed down in February. There’s no word on why the owners are closing the bar.
Dobelstein told WMBD he hopes to keep the space a karaoke bar under new ownership.
A former employee, Danielle Young, said the closure breaks her heart.
“We’re gonna miss all of you guys. No joke, that’ll be the hardest part for me, not seeing my regulars and meeting up with my friends that I made,” Young said. “I mean, this has become a pretty big part of my life, and where I’m at in my life is partially because of this bar, and I’ll just miss it.”
Pitch Karaoke Bar opened its doors in May of 2012. The bar used new karaoke technology, where people could browse and submit songs through kiosks located in the bar or through an app on your smartphone.
The bar was also known for its inclusion, specifically with the LGBTQ+ community. Trevor Neff, also known as local drag queen Miss Flo NoMo’, often performed at the karaoke bar. Neff said the owner was supportive of all people, and that is one of the things he will miss the most.
“I hope that it’s still a friendly environment for everyone, no matter who takes over, just keeps the vibe alive that it’s a friendly face for everyone,” Neff said. “Not just a specific group.”
Pitch was voted the #1 Place for Karaoke for the Peoria area in 2016 and 2017.