You may have noticed that The Westbury has been closed the past couple of weeks, but a message posted on its Facebook page this weekend explains that the historic Philly bar will never open again.
In case you haven’t noticed, Gayborhood bar Icandy has been shut down all week, after* an Administrative Law Judge suspended its liquor license for three days on the grounds of an unsatisfactory citation history. Previous violations include two counts of selling “liquor and/or malted beverages to minors,” one for allowing minors into the establishment, and another for the use of a loudspeaker that “could be heard beyond licensee property line.”
The violations occurred between April of 2012 and July of 2013, and fines totaling $3,550 have been paid, but, according to Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) Director of External Affairs Stacy Kriedeman, the bar could lose its license permanently.
Starting Thursday, Icandy will be able to reopen and operate until the PLCB comes to a final decision, Kriedeman says. “An administrative hearing will be scheduled, where a hearing examiner will listen to both sides, gather all the evidence and present the case to the PLCB.” That board will then decide whether or not Icandy can have its liquor license renewed. “If the Board opts not to,” she says, “the licensee will have the ability to appeal.”
The day has finally come, Boxers, the New York gay bar franchise with locations in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen, will open its doors this afternoon in the Gayborhood.
Director of Marketing George Maestre tells me that the bar will open at 1330 Walnut Street at 4 p.m. today, but it’s only a soft opening. “We are just opening the doors, and in a couple weeks we will have a grand-opening weekend.”
More from a press release sent out this afternoon:
Over the past month former Sisters manager Denise Cohen has been working to raise funds for a new Gayborhood lesbian bar. She was seeking to crowdsource donations from Indiegogo, but it didn’t quite seem to pan out. The campaign ended on August 23rd, and she was only able to generate $7,275 of her lofty $50,000 goal. That’s a mere 15 percent.
I’m always early when I go places, despite the age-old (and rather annoying, might I add) principle that gay men are supposed to be “fashionably late.” So, naturally, I arrived at 8:45 p.m., about fifteen minutes before the start time of March’s Guerrilla Queer Bar at Field House, the sports bar located next to the Reading Terminal Market, a mere two blocks from the Gayborhood. I walked right in, hung my coat on one of the numerous hooks located throughout the restaurant, sat at the bar, ordered a Moscow Mule, and waited.
Five minutes before the event was scheduled to begin, a young female employee of Field House started running around, hanging what appeared to be freshly printed signs adjacent to all of the coat hooks that read “COAT CHECK: $2 per coat.” A line formed outside, where a bouncer began charging the $5 “cover” to get in the door.
UPDATE 3/3/2014, 12: 11 p.m.: The answer is yes, there was a shooting at Woody’s, but it took place outside. I just got this from intrepid Philly Mag reporter Victor Fiorillo: “At 1:40 a.m. [Saturday morning], there was a fight outside Woody’s between two males. An unknown person fired a shot. Shooter described as unknown Hispanic male, approximately 25 years old. There were no arrests. Police do not have any reports of a shooting or other criminal activity inside the club.
A typical late night at Woody’s turned dangerous early Saturday morning when a gun was allegedly pulled and possibly fired at the Philadelphia gay nightclub.
In January everyone’s favorite gay piano bar, Tavern On Camac (TOC), went black for what was supposed to be a two-month renovation on the downstairs piano bar and lounge, but new plans to renovate the upstairs dancefloor, the Ascend Lounge, are delaying the original early-March re-opening date.
It’s been two weeks since demolition began on the piano bar in Tavern on Camac, and Director of Communications Randal Mrazik tells me things are moving right along, well, sort of. “It’s a 200-year-old building. We have to do a little more work than we thought.”