NSYNC’s Lance Bass to Build America’s Largest Gay Bar in West Hollywood
It’s been a terrible year for much of LA’s queer nightlife, with COVID-19 closures and a slowing economy toppling many of the city’s most prominent players in recent months. . Among them is Rage, the iconic 37-year-old West Hollywood gay nightclub, which closed in September following a dispute between owners. But now comes a ray of hope for the Santa Monica Boulevard address.
Through Instinct Magazine, plans are underway to build America’s largest LGBTQIA nightclub on the former site of Rage, supported in part by artist Lance Bass, who has played a prominent role on the Boystown scene for the past few years. . Some of Bass’s partners at Rocco’s, the mellow sports bar across from Rage, will join him in the new venture with owners Monte Overstreet and John Cole. The so-called Weho Mega Club already has its own website, but additional details (beyond an opening slated for this year) remain scarce.
In other news:
- Olly’s, a tender pretzel pop-up, becomes permanent at the platform’s development in Culver City. The weekend-only facility supports a small kiosk directly in front of the Blue Bottle, adding days of service and menu items in the weeks to come. In addition, the booth will donate a portion of all proceeds to Free Arts, a local non-profit organization.
- A car slammed into the doors of the Osteria Mozza (again), but this time the damage was much less and no one was injured. In 2015, a truck entered the building, resulting in a nine-day closure for Nancy Silverton’s restaurant.
Puesto opens a new location in Orange County. The growing upscale casual Mexican dining chain is coming to the Bella Terra Center in Huntington Beach next month.
- Modern Beverly Hills Mexican restaurant Mirame now offers takeout boxes for quick home snacks, affectionately known as Benito’s Lunch Box. The rotating boxes are available on Tuesdays and Fridays.
- The Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architecture has completely revamped its annual restaurant design awards, with plans this year to offer a nod to resilience and alfresco dining throughout the region during the pandemic. More information can be found at the link above, and interested parties can submit projects for the future.
- The SocialEats team is back at work by launching yet another ‘virtual dining room’ (read: ghost kitchen with multiple brands) that Lawndale serves. Area diners will be able to shop for burgers, tacos, noodles, Japanese food and more at 16711 Hawthorne Boulevard starting in May. The company will also soon be bringing a similar setup to Pacific Beach in the San Diego area, reports Eater SD.
- Chef Mimi Williams is still preparing for a storm in the city, despite losing her Echo Park space during the pandemic. She currently has brunch menus, including an upcoming Easter setup, at Bardonna. Check out the new menu details below.