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Venice CA gay bar 'Roosterfish' to re-open

Venice Pride and new leaseholders unite to re-open the iconic LGBT spot.
Photo credit:
Yo! Venice

Those of you who were saddened by the closing of iconic gay dive bar Roosterfish in Venice California May of last year, will be happy to know that the club will re-open sometime in the near future.

The building has remained unoccupied since its closure but the new tenants have agreed to keep the name and some of its charming features.

Roosterfish had served that part of the community for nearly four decades before owners closed because of a rent hike. Restauranteurs Mario Vollera and Patrick Brunet stepped in to help.

Along with Venice Pride Founder and President Grant Turck, Vollera and Brunet are hoping to make the establishment flourish once again. 

We love Venice. We love Abbot Kinney. Roosterfish is such an historical landmark that we wanted to make sure it won’t become another retail store; that is why we contacted the landlord and convinced him to give it to us,”  Vollera and Brunet, said via email. “Venice’s identity was forged from the melting pot of nationalities, cultures and ambitions. Reopening Roosterfish is a cultural act.”

Turck would like to keep some of the charms of the bar intact during the remodel, “The ceiling in the men’s bathroom [which features vintage pornographic images] will remain in place at least for the next decade. Most of the interior will remain intact,” he says. “They’re [also] maintaining the exterior so it will appear as it always has up to this point.” Vollera and Brunet have also expressed interest in rehiring some of the old staff, although they haven’t been approached by any of them yet. “We want to hire people from the community, that is our objective, people who have the same passion for Venice and want to make sure the spirit of Venice does not go away."

To celebrate and raise money for Venice Pride, there will be a "Roosterfish Revived" party on September 23. Presale tickets have already sold out, but there will more available at the door the night of the event. 

The Eater Los Angeles says the official re-opening will most likely happen early in 2018.