Martinis Above Fourth takes its final bow

 Hillcrest's Martinis Above Fourth
Don LeMaster-Hable performs at Hillcrest’s Martinis Above Fourth bar and cabaret in Hillcrest, which announced its permanent closure on Monday.
(Courtesy photo)

San Diego theater fans are mourning the permanent closure of Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage, a popular Hillcrest cabaret space where local musical theater artists, jazz bands and touring national artists had performed over the past 10 years.

Martinis closed in mid-March due to the pandemic and was never able to reopen. In a post on Facebook, the owners said they couldn’t see how to reopen and survive in the COVID-19 era, so they will instead file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation. The supper club’s longtime piano bar entertainer, Don LeMaster-Hable, said he was speechless at the latest club closure.

“Honestly I don’t even know what to say,” LeMaster-Hable wrote on Facebook. “Lots of wonderful memories will stay close to my heart! Inn At The Park, Caliph and now another one bites the dust. It’s a sad day.”

Pam Kragen writes about theater for The San Diego Union-Tribune. Email her at