Atlanta gay bar Model T closes after 26 years

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Atlanta gay bar Model T closed on Saturday. The bar’s owner blames the property owner for forcing them out of their longtime home near the Beltline in the Old Fourth Ward.

“Yes it’s true. Right now I’m moving things out,” Model T owner Jill Darmer (top photo) told Project Q Atlanta on Tuesday.

“You can thank Mr. Don Lippman for that,” she added.

Lippman owns the Ford Factory Lofts building where Model T resided on Ponce de Leon Avenue next to Ponce City Market.

Darmer said she plans on opening up a new spot for Model T, but would not go into specifics.

“I don’t want to jinx it,” she said.

Model T bartender Rebecca Sauer said Darmer is “on a mission” to find the new location.

“It’s definitely going to be something coming up soon,” Sauer said. “She’s real excited about it.”

Darmer told Project Q in June that the bar was on a month-to-month lease and that she expected to be pushed out by summer.

Darmer said the bar was a victim of 725 Ponce, a $155 million project now under construction next to the bar. The development will include a 12-story office building, a redeveloped Kroger and new commercial space in Ford Factory Lofts, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

The project appears to have crowded out other longstanding businesses. Cameli’s Pizza closed last year after two decades, with owner George Cameli directly citing the 725 Ponce project as the reason in an interview with the AJC

Project Q Atlanta reached out to Lippman and will update the story if he responds.


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