The Chronicle reports that beloved East Sixth queer-friendly bar Cheer Up Charlie's will shutter on East 6th January 15, and the owners intend to reopen in a new space. Their property has been purchased by La Corsha Hospitality Group, who are behind mega development projects like the Seaholm Power Plant, and they've declined to renew Cheer Up's lease.
The Chronicle notes that a hotel project is rumored for the location. See the hotel confirmed below. The news broke when the bar released a letter on Facebook.
Big update! Matthew Odam at The Statesman reports that the Bar Congress team will open "dive bar" Wonderland in the same space by March. Also, La Corsha's property purchase includes the adjacent food trailer park, and the group intends to build "a hotel that will include another bar, a restaurant and a full tiki bar." The announcement also notes that La Corsha is opening a restaurant in the Seaholm project in 2014.
We have received news that the property that Cheer Up Charlies sits on has been sold, and the new owners have given us notice that our current lease will be terminated on January 15th.
We are currently seeking a new space, and we intend on continuing to grow. When we find our new spot we will continue to play host to the same types of events, free live music shows and all kinds of other fun stuff! We are deeply saddened that it's ending for us at 1104 East 6th St. but nothing is dying. Our rhythm may be disrupted for awhile, but we will keep on dancin'!
We hope that you stop by sometime before January 15 to celebrate with us in what will soon become our former home. Consider the next 30 days more of a celebration of the creative endeavors our current building has housed, than an eulogy. Thank you for hanging out with us for 3 tremendously fun years-- it couldn't have been the same without you! We will find a new space and we will let you know as soon as we do! No matter where we end up, we will take the spirit of the Eastside with us. Let's all give this 600 sqft building a proper farewell hug!
We Love YOU,
Candice, India, Brian, Carly, Celesta, Paul, Matt, David, Zach, Dustin, Paul E, Max, Ellie, Tison, Cole, Tamara, Maggie and Charlie
· Cheer Up Charlie's Out, La Corsha In [Chronicle]
· Cheer Up Charlie's letter [Facebook]
· Bar Congress Team to Open 'Dive Bar' Wonderland in Cheer Up Charlie's Space [Statesman]
· All Cheer Up Charlie's Coverage [EATX]