The Knitting Factory was founded in 1987 and over the years has grown into Knitting Factory Entertainment (KFE). Though primarily known for their venues — both clubs and concert houses located in Brooklyn, Boise, Spokane and Reno — KFE also promotes national tours, produces the hit Broadway musical Fela!, operates The Federal Bar Gastro Pub and The Bow & Truss in North Hollywood and is a partner with record labels Partisan and Knitting Factory Records. Another venture, Knitting Factory Management, handles the careers of emerging and critically acclaimed recording artists both in the U.S. and overseas. It is the West Coast artist management wing of KFE.
Below is an account of the original New York club's first years, written by company founder, Michael Dorf. Mr. Dorf parted ways amicable with KF in 2002. Morgan Margolis is the current CEO.