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Historic Gold Coast Transforms Into West Hollywood’s Next Chill Out Bar Next January

Plus, a massive food hall in Downtown Long Beach and a New Orleans fundraiser at Broken Shaker

Future site of Bar Or in West Hollywood
Future site of Bar Or
Courtesy of Or Bar architect Carlos Florez

Since 2020, a number of longstanding West Hollywood’s longstanding bars have closed, including Flaming Saddles, Rage, and last August, the 40-year-old Gold Coast. The latter’s shuttered space is in new hands with a tribute name — Or Bar — and is scheduled to open in January 2022.

Translated from French, Or is “gold” and a nod to its previous tenant, which owners Stephanie (Stevie) Schestag, Circus of Books owner Rob Novinger, and former Fashion Police co-host George Kotsiopoulos are designing as an inclusive LGBTQI space. Kotsiopoulos noted the trio rented the property directly from the landlord and is not a continuation of the Gold Coast, which closed in August 2020. “What we are doing is starting a new chapter continuing the traditions the community covets for this space,” says Kotsiopoulos. “The last thing we wanted was for it to become something other than a gay bar.”

The partners are preparing for an all-day bar model where people can enter Or Bar for a coffee during the day, and cocktails at night. Says Kotsiopoulos, “It will be equal parts bougie, classy, and ratchet. Everyone should be a little bit of all of those things.”

In other news:

  • Long Beach could see a food hall the same size as DTLA’s Grand Central Market. The former Acres of Books site will have a 23-story, 252-foot high mixed-use residential tower on the former site of the historic Acres of Books. Brian Addison’s revamped Longbeachize has the full story.
  • The 11th annual OC Japan Fair is on again at the OC Fair & Event Center from October 15 to 17. Tickets are a steal at $10.
  • ABC-7 reports a snag in LA County’s vaccine requirement order. According to bar and restaurant owners, some businesses will fall under a different policy and inadvertently create an uneven playing field.
  • Restaurants with a “party vibe” are navigating a new path in the age of COVID-19. The Robb Report shows how.
  • DTLA’s rooftop bar Broken Shaker is raising money for relief efforts after Hurricane Ida this Monday with an event called A Taste of New Orleans. Proceeds will benefit Turning Tables and Another Round Another Rally, and the $20 ticket includes complimentary beverages, small bites, and New Orleans entertainment. Vaccine proof is required, and tickets available here.
Broken Shaker’s rooftop pool in Downtown Los Angeles
Broken Shaker
Wonho Frank Lee

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