Financial losses prompt Marietta gay bar to close

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The Marietta gay bar that did drag, hosted porn stars and gave a home to North Georgia Marietta Pride is calling it quits and closing after one last celebration on New Year's Eve.

The metro Atlanta bar's owner, Johnathon Murphy (photo right), announced in a Facebook post on Tuesday that financial difficulties were forcing the bar to close on Dec. 31.

LeBUZZ Marietta will close permanently on December 31, 2014. It is with a heavy heart and a lump in our throat that we make this announcement. After over 18 years in business, the time has come. Our losses after this year are so great that we simply cannot continue. Every effort has been made personally and professionally to maintain the business, it is just not possible anymore.

We do not want to focus on the obvious negatives. As owners for the last almost 8 years, our lives have truly been enriched by the experience. There are so many of you that met, dated, got married, and celebrated anniversaries, and birthdays with us. Of course there have been break ups too, and no shortage of drama. We have made so many friends, seen so many crazy wonderful nights, and enjoyed such fantastic performances by a vast and diverse group of entertainers. We will always have those memories with all of you.

Thank you so much for helping us live our dream, for helping us raise a family that embraces and advocates diversity, and for spending your precious time with us while we shared a conversation, a laugh, a dance, or a cocktail.

We hope to spend the next two weeks enjoying your company and saying goodbye with hugs and laughter. Thank you for your business, kindness, and as always, your support.

Murphy criticized Marietta city officials in September, accusing them of misleading him about a liquor license application and anti-gay behavior that helped tank the Pride festival that the bar plays host to. He launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise $10,000 to support North Georgia Marietta Pride, but the campaign has since been removed from the crowd funding website.

Murphy has never shied away from going public with his complaints. In 2012, he put shitty bar-goers on blast about their poor behavior.

LeBuzz is the second gay bar to close in as many months in metro Atlanta. In November, Cockpit shut its doors to transform itself into the restaurant Gravy Kitchen & Bar. 

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