The Brass Rail To Re-Open In June

brassraildoorway1Well, this is news – It appears that Pete Hafiz plans to keep his word with the Twin Cities GLBT community.  In today’s Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

The Rail will return

Longtime Hennepin Avenue gay bar the Brass Rail, which closed in late January when its then-owner fell months behind on rent payments, will reopen by Pride Weekend in June, according to the building’s owner. Peter Hafiz, who also owns the Gay 90s and Sneaky Pete’s, said the bar will stay gay. He plans to make a few cosmetic changes in the meantime: “It needs some new life pumped into it.”

…A little paint, some new carpet and a handful of good looking dancers with some capital cash behind it: Let the playtimes begin!

FruitFly 6Now the magic question is this: “Will he re-hire the bartenders who’ve been sitting in unemployement lines since it was closed?!”  Well, some didn’t get unemployement, but that’s another matter.  I think re-hiring the bartenders would be paramount in importance to setting things right.  Of course, I’m biased.  Being one of those unemployed bartenders has sucked big-time.

3 Responses

  1. Looks like, as of mid-August, they are still behind schedule. The door is locked and the damned “Re-Opening” sign with the beer bottle is still up. They aren’t, by any chance, expanding it into that horrid porn shop that was located next to it?

  2. Olan: No – but that’s a great question.

    Pete does own the building for that horrid Adult Boutique shop, but he does not own the business. My last conversation with Pete, he had plans to extend the Brass Rail Lounge to include a roof-top bar on top of that boutique store.

    Pete thought, sometime in the spring 2010, he’d begin the work installing and elevator and begin running the electrical and plumbing for that rooftop bar.

    Thanks for reading – Be well!

    Fruit F. Fly

  3. Interesting to hear about the rooftop bar plans. It might be a good idea to renovate the upper two floors, even if the interiors aren’t used. Like the porno shop, they look pretty dilapidated. Thanks for the info, I’ll be sure to check back here for updates.

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