While the line-up for the party is not yet set, Swingle said her old band Trailer Bride may have a reunion.
Bar patrons are excited about the Chapel Hill staple’s reopening. Dale White, who owned a bar in the 1970s near The Cave called The Endangered Species Tavern, recalled fond memories of the venue.
“Any time I wasn’t working, I was at The Cave,” White said. “It’s quite a hangout. They were running live music every night, also.”
Stephanie Rouquette, an employee for Orange County ABC, went to her first concert at The Cave in 2002 and has been going back ever since.
“It was such a different kind of space, and it had a really nice feel to it, like a home-away-from-home kind of feel,” Rouquette said.
Rouquette said she met some of her closest friends at The Cave, where she went nearly every day.
“The Cave was where I first saw my husband, and that’s true for a lot of people,” she said.
As the bar transitions owners, Swingle said the culture of the bar will stay the same. The new owners do, however, want to make the bar cleaner and friendlier to female musicians and attendees.
“No matter what we do, it’s still going to be a dive, we’re still going to have rock 'n' roll,” Swingle said. “We’re trying to make it more of a woman cave now, as opposed to the man cave it’s been for decades.”
Above all else, Swingle said she is most excited to offer a place for the Chapel Hill community to come together.
“The support we’ve gotten from the whole Chapel Hill community has been overwhelming,” Swingle said. “I really think that, even though Autumn and I are the new owners, I feel like The Cave now is owned by the community.”