January 4th, 2007
The Palace Latin Club was the apparent victim of arson in the antelucan hours today. Madison has a sad history of well-loved music clubs going up in smoke. O’Cayz Corral burned down about 6 years ago, taking Kaye’s Comic Strip with it. Almost 11 years ago, the Hotel Washington went up in flames. HW featured another great music venue, Club De Wash.
The Palace Latin Club is owned by Javier and Martin Palcios, both Mexican immigrants. Thusly the joint featured free salsa lessons, Latin music, etc. appealing to a broad audience but also specifically to Madison’s small but growing Latino population.
The news of the fire has been up at the Isthmus forum (the forum of Madison’s alternative weekly where lots of local musos and fans lurk) since 11:34 and it is now 15:13. Yet not a single soul has commented on it. No one has even bothered to ridicule the place and say good riddance. If it were the High Noon that had gone up, there’d be a million people commenting and a lynch mob forming to find whomever was responsible for the fire.
UPDATE: It’s now 8:33 the next day. A trio of people responded to the post at the Isthmus forum about the fire. No lamentation. Instead, they’re all excited about the presence of a 24-hour coffee shop on campus.