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Beloved country bar InCahoots to close December 31

Posted at 10:26 PM, Dec 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-17 00:05:14-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A beloved country bar and safe haven for survivors of the Vegas massacre will close its doors at the end of the year.

InCahoots Dance Hall & Saloon in Mission Valley will close its location on Mission Center Road on December 31.

In a statement to 10News, general manager Gary Martin said that the building and land had been sold, and that the lease had not been extended.

The building and land was sold and we were not extended a new lease. I'd prefer to say we're temporarily homeless. We're thankful for the 26 years we've had and looking forward to finding a new location to call home. It's a sad day for all of our amazing employees and incredible customers. - Gary Martin, General Manager InCahoots Dancehall & Saloon

InCahoots opened in 1992.

A group of San Diegans who survived the October 2017 massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas used to meet at the bar for group therapy sessions on Monday nights.

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The sessions were led by clinical psychologist Dr. Shiva Ghaed, who also survived the mass shooting.

Jason Zabala, who survived the shooting told 10News people are devastated by the news.

"It's not just people that work there and serve you, it's people that have been there with you and have cried with you," said Zabala.

The group met for the last time in September.

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