An anchor of gay Atlanta nightlife is shutting its doors in November, with Jungle becoming the latest victim in a changing Cheshire Bridge Road.
Owner Richard Cherskov, who bought the club in 2011, announced Thursday that Jungle will close on Nov. 11. The 12,000-square-foot venue is being pushed out by new owners and new development just across its parking lot.
"I’ve tried everything to convince our new building owners to renew our lease, but the fact remains that they feel our business is not compatible with the new apartments they are building next door," Cherskov said in a Facebook post.
In August 2015, new development at the corner of Faulkner and Cheshire Bridge started putting the squeeze on Jungle. It's among several new projects reshaping the corridor.
The owners of the apartments and the warehouse district in which Jungle sits even spruced up the surroundings. But while Jungle remained in place in 2016, that changed recently, Cherskov said in his post.
"Curiously, they have decided not to give us an extension during construction. I understand developers have a right to develop, but it still stings," he said.
Cherskov took over Jungle in 2011 from longtime club owner Brad Williams, who had at one point turned Jungle into the country bar Wild Mustang. Cherskov wrapped up a big renovation in 2012, added a new sound system in 2015 and made additional improvements last year. All the while, the parties never stopped.
The club will close out its nightlife run on Nov. 11 with the Final Dance, a celebration featuring Abel and Phoenix. But in the meantime, its popular shows will continue and Jungle will over s busy schedule of events:
09/23 – R4H Main Event – Blacklow
09/30 – Wussy Mag – Pearl
10/07 – Angel X – DreamTeam
10/11 – Randy Rainbow (Lost N Found Youth)
10/13 – Pride Friday – Drew G & Evah Destruction (host)
10/14 – Pride Saturday – Joe Gauthreux
10/21 – Wacked Out Black Out
10/27 – Secret Partys Halloween
10/28 – Halloween: The End is Near – Cindel
11/04 – Angel X – DreamTeam
11/11 – Abel (with GA Boy Productions)
And of course our weekly shows:
Monday 11:00 PM – Stars of the Century
Friday 9:00 PM – The Other Show
Saturday 9:00 PM – Fantasy Girls
The full announcement from Cherskov:
Sadly, the time has come to announce that Jungle will be closing in mid-November. I’ve tried everything to convince our new building owners to renew our lease, but the fact remains that they feel our business is not compatible with the new apartments they are building next door. Curiously, they have decided not to give us an extension during construction. I understand developers have a right to develop, but it still stings.
For me, these past seven years running Jungle Atlanta have been fun, challenging, frustrating, exhausting, and rewarding. Nightlife has changed so much in such a short time, but some things remain comfortingly familiar: the pounding music, the vibrant performers, and the thrill of the chase. I hope you’ll continue to support Atlanta nightlife in all its various forms.
My focus remains on the future – some of our biggest events are still ahead of us. I hope you’ll join us as we pay tribute to those that have supported us through the years. To all of our team members, DJs, performers, promoters, customers, and superfans:
THANK YOU FOR A FANTASTIC 13 YEARS!