Red Cap released a statement on Facebook late Tuesday night confirming the sale of Red Cap Garage and the gay bar’s pending closure on Aug. 18. Sources tell PQ that Aura nightclub has also been sold. Other properties held by Red Cap’s ownership are expected to remain open, though Boxxes’ dance floor has been closed to accommodate a remodel of the Fish Grotto.
According to Red Cap Garage on Facebook:
Well, the rumors are true. After 25 fantastic years with the best customers and staff Red Cap Garage will be closing on August 18th. So, get ready – there will be a massive blow-out party on the 18th! We are working on the details right now and will be posting the event shortly. We hope that all our friends will be able to make it down in the next few weeks to say goodbye to us! While Red Cap is closing, Boxxes, Fish Grotto, and Fez will still be open. Fish Grotto is being remodeled and there will be changes coming soon for both Fez and Boxxes.
PQ has yet to receive on the record details regarding the closure of Red Cap and Aura, but has spoken to multiple individuals with first-hand knowledge of the sale and will provide updates as they become available.
ORIGINAL POST (7/30/2012)
By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly
Chalk one more up in the Sad News Department ™: according to multiple reliable sources familiar with the situation (who spoke on the condition of anonymity), it seems Red Cap Garage has been sold and will be closing its doors after Saturday, Aug. 18. A Stark Street staple for much of our modern gay history, the venue has recently hosted Peep Show, Queerlandia, Portland Drag Race, Bearracuda–along with queer legends like Lady Bunny, Sherry Vine, Joey Arias, and a number of past and present Drag Race participants. In its heyday, it–in its many incarnations–was the place to be any given night, and plenty of people have made valiant attempts at creating a new round of glory days. No details just yet on why the sale was made, but we’ll be looking into it and following up as new details emerge. (For the record, Boxxes will remain open for business.)
Whatever one might think about the venue or Stark Street in general, Red Cap has hosted many a memorable event and evening, and count this writer among those who’ll always remember it quite fondly. I’m more than a little sad to see it go.
More to come.
In the interim, why don’t you share your favorite Red Cap memory with a comment below.