Roosterfish to Shutter in May
Last gay bar on the Westside is priced out by rent hike, trustee says
Roosterfish, the Westside’s only gay bar and a cultural landmark on Abbot Kinney Boulevard since 1979, will permanently shut down in May.
Gary Mick, a member of the trust that owns and operates Roosterfish, told The Argonaut the bar has been priced off the boulevard due to a rent increase.
“Abbot Kinney is a very fashionable street and rents are going through the roof,” said Mick. “Last week we got the offer from our landlord. We weren’t accepting the terms.”
Mick declined to discuss specifics of the bar’s lease. He hasn’t planned the exact closing date either.
Unlike Hal’s Bar & Grill, which plans to reopen in Playa Vista after leaving Abbot Kinney last year, Roosterfish’s owners have no plans to set up shop elsewhere.
But bar staff and patrons remain in high spirits, Mick said.
“The energy is not downer, not boo-hooey,” he said. “Everybody’s celebrating the bar, and they’re glad they have three months’ worth of a reason to party.”
— Joe Piasecki