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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.

Jerome Cleary September 12, 2012 at 03:13 PM
This is great news as I used to be a regular at Don't Tell Mama's when I lived in Hell's Kitchen.
RTL September 12, 2012 at 09:23 PM
If you want it to last a long time, then offer a truly organic menu. Restaurants that don't keep up with trends (though I think it's more than that) are doomed to fail (though there will always be those that don't care about health and eat/drink anything if it tastes good). Good luck. Check out Hugo's menu down the street for some ideas (they offer many organic options).
Joseph September 13, 2012 at 02:26 AM
A vegan diet is on the up, please have choices such as this on your menu! Can't wait for this venue.
Paul September 13, 2012 at 07:41 AM
The neighbors behind that location always complained about the noise when it was CHEERS and the other businesses that have been in and out of that location. They use to have fun underwear parties there in the 90's when it was CHEERS!!! The gay 90's! Best of times, worst of times........ Nothing comes close to that kind of fun these days in WH.
Cathy September 13, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Oh for joy! I have so many fond memories of Mama's on 46th street in nyc. I wish them luck and cannot wait to welcome them to the neighborhood.
Todd Bianco September 13, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I've always has a problem with parking for this location. I can walk to it, but if you are driving, there is a paucity of parking in the area. It's hard to know how a piano bar will translate to West Hollywood. The Other Side never got a very big crowd and the patrons were quite elderly (70s, 80s, 90s). I know the NY concept is different, but will it be supported by LA? At night, there should be some spaces at the Kings Road structure. Hey, the new robo-garage, if it ever gets built, will provide parking for the new place, assuming it's still in business if/when the the garage is completed. I remember Cheers was a lot of fun; but the neighbors hated the noise. I don't blame them. The various incarnations post-Cheers have never really worked well. Some high concepts, yes, but the high prices and so-so food never endured longer than the novelty of the place.
David Bonfiglio September 13, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Zzzzz.
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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