Fans Share Fond Memories of Brillobox

On Monday, owners of the Bloomfield entertainment club announced the venue will be closing for good.


After the owners of Brillobox in Bloomfield announced that the popular club, which features food and live music, was closing its doors after 15 years, an outpouring of emotion from its fans flooded social media. 

On Monday morning, Lou Ickes and Janessa Walter posted on Brillobox’s Facebook page, “We are wrapping it up. We appreciate everyone that has been a part of Brillo, over the years. It’s been a great time, but it’s time to move on.”

The bar and entertainment venue said the closure was due to the pandemic. “If folks could follow suggested protocols…not have to pack into bars and restaurants, while others stay closed ‘to do their part’??? The trajectory of this virus would be different.” Brillobox had opened up for takeout at the end of June but closed again on July 24.

The venue was known for its live music and DJs, as well as a menu full of vegetarian and vegan options. Ironically, Brillobox previously hosted a dance party called Pandemic. After it replaced Penn Cafe, a folk/blues club, Brillobox became a popular indie-rock spot with an eclectic lineup of entertainment. 

Hundreds of people commented on the Facebook post, sharing positive memories of their experiences at Brillobox. Josh Verbanets, the guitarist/vocalist for the Pittsburgh band Meeting of Important People, commented that Brillobox was where his “little music community developed.”

“A huge thanks to Brillobox for some of the best memories of my life, and sending positive thoughts that its owners & staff will come back with new concepts and businesses to delight Pittsburghers in this difficult world.”

Kendall Bieselt thanked his former employers: “I feel seriously blessed that I got the chance to work for you, easily best job I ever had. And equally blessed that I had such a wonderful bar to see shows/ dance/ and party at. The Pittsburgh scene will not be the same.”

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