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Regardless of your allegiance to the punk group Anti-Flag  or metalcore squad Stray from the Path, their Saturday show will be your last chance to thrash at Walter's Downtown. The just-divey-enough venue survived 16 years and a location swap across the city, but, in an abrupt Facebook post Monday evening, owner and proprietor Zachary Palmer announced that as of February 4, he will be forced to put "an important institution to rest."

Although the club kicked off a new downtown chapter at a former warehouse located at 1120 Naylor St. in 2012, the venue was originally Walter's on Washington, part of Pam Robinson's "Pamland" strip of Washington Avenue venues that included Silky’s and Mary Jane’s Fat Cat. Robinson was a huge advocate of local music, hosting performances by The Arcade Fire (yes, when they still had a "The" in the name) and supporting local mainstays such as the Tontons. Palmer, Robinson's son, took over Walter's Downtown when she died of an aggressive form of cancer in 2014.

Social media mourned the closure of one of the exceedingly few independent music venues in Houston.

True fans have five days to pour one exceedingly cheap beer out before they bid Walter's goodbye this Sunday.

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