Mama Opening in Former O-Bar Location

Manhattan cabaret and piano bar Don't Tell Mama is slated to open in the old O-Bar location in Weho's Center City.

Don't ask and don't tell, but gay piano bars may not be dead after all.

Eater LA reports that Manhattan cabaret and piano bar Don’t Tell Mama will open a West Coast branch in the space which previously housed in West Hollywood’s Center City.

That space at 8279 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Sweetzer Avenue) has been empty since July 2011 when the eight-year-old O-Bar abruptly closed for a remodel and never reopened.

The Mama’s Manhattan location, located on 343 West 46th Street, offers dinner and a show with an American menu. No word on whether it will offer the same menu here.

Don’t Tell Mama is slated to open in November according to Eater LA.

The Los Angeles area has been without a gay piano bar since June 2012 when after more than 40 years in business.

Paul September 14, 2012 at 06:31 PM
CHEERS was fun on Thursday nights once a month. That's when they had the underwear parties. Back then it was a new concept checking your clothes in at the doorway and walking around socializing in various styles of underwear. I remember meeting a guy wearing boxers who had a little to much to drink. He was not interested in me at all but he liked my friend and he gave my friend his telephone number. The next day I asked my friend if he had called this guy and he said he wasn't his type and wasn't interested. I was surprised because this man was HOT! He said he wasn't interested and was going to toss his number. He said I could have it if I wanted it. I was like well he wasn't interested in me but he gave me the guys number anyway and I called him. When I called and spoke to him he didn't remember giving me his number and I didn't tell my friend gave me his number. He had a lot to drink and couldn't be sure who I was so we made a date at a local restaurant. I was totally setting myself up for a huge let down since he didn't like me when I met him at the underwear party at CHEERS. When I arrived he was waiting for me and he looked amazing! I was apparently obviously nervous because after we were seated he reached over and grabbed my leg and said, I could relax that he liked me and in fact would kiss me right now if we weren't in a public place. For there the night was perfect! I went back to his place for an incredibly memorable night of passion.
Ruth Bonnet October 27, 2012 at 07:33 PM
The crowds in LA are so different from the crowds in NYC. Actually, I take that back. The crowds in NYC in the 1980s and early 1990s were a blast. Now it's all tourists and straight people. I was a singing waitress at Davenport's in Chicago. For all my NYC piano bar years, we still couldn't make it quite the same... Sigh.
Richard Mardin November 22, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I thought it was like NYC but its an older very gay bar . Not my thing .
Yvette December 29, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Yeah, the consultant setting the thing up is a bit of a douche as well...not a good sign.
me February 18, 2013 at 09:29 PM
walked by this place yesterday.....the 70's called and they want their furniture back!!!!.....seriously, its FUGLY....especially considering that it used to be a designed-out restaurant/bar......yuck


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