Tenderloin Gay Bar Deco Lounge Closes
A gay bar in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district has closed, making it the fifth LGBT watering hole to close in recent years.
Deco Lounge, 510 Larkin Street, has been sold, and the bar’s last night was Monday, November 5. It’s not clear what the new owners’ plans for the spot are.
Paul Xavier, 54, a gay man who’s owned the bar for six years, said in a September interview that he was selling the liquor license, furniture, and other assets because "a bar is a lot of work."
Deco has "always had its popularity," Xavier, who’s retiring, said. However, a small business "needs an owner who is more hands-on, and I just don’t have the time or energy to do that," he said. In an interview this week, Xavier said he sold the bar for $200,000.
Records from the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control show Cameron Andrew Maddern as the managing member of BB Empire, LLC, which has filed a liquor license transfer application. Maddern couldn’t be reached for comment.
Xavier, who worked through a broker to sell the bar, said he’s spoken to one of the new owners. The man’s first name is Cameron, but he didn’t know the man’s last name, he said. He believes that there are other partners involved, as well, but he doesn’t know much about what the new owners plan to do with the space.