Looks like Cleveland's gay glitterati are eyeing a new "Homo Heights," as they lovingly call it. A trusty gay source tells us that the area's next gay hotspot will be at the corner of St. Clair and East 25th downtown.
That's where the owners of the blue-collar Union Club Tavern have sold the building to "a couple of gay guys," the source says. They plan to renovate the revered Irish-themed pub into an upscale bar and restaurant catering to a gay clientele.
It makes sense. The bar is located within spitting distance of Charles Fleck's megamillion-dollar Flex Cleveland
. It will also create a triumvirate of gay bars in the neighborhood, with the nearby Grid/Orbit
and Leather Stallion
. And with the recent death of longtime Union co-owner Cliff Noble, his partner Tony (who happens to be the cousin of John Katsaros, owner of the gay club Twist) has been screaming to get out of the bar business.
One downside, though: Cleveland's Irish community will lose one of its most admired hangs. For years, the club bustled with patrons after the annual St. Paddy's Day Parade, when Noble would boil 300 pounds of corned beef to go along with the green beer and the obligatory green leis dispensed at the door. No word yet on whether "the gay guys" will continue the tradition. Stay tuned. -- Cris Glaser