Midtown Moon makes it official with grand opening party

Add this share

The evolution of LGBTQ Atlanta nightlife continued on Saturday with the grand opening of Midtown Moon,the venue that took over the space that was once home to Burkhart's.

The event featured door prizes, a model underwear auction, a dunking booth featuring Speedo boys and drag queens, a drag show featuring the Atlanta Rainbow Trout and wrapped up with the Divas of Moonlight Cabaret with Shavonna B. Brooks.

The bar replaces Burkhart’s, the once-popular Ansley Square bar whose business imploded in January during a controversy over racist social media posts from former owner Palmer Marsh. The bar's entertainers quit, a public forum showed that racism at the venue ran deeper than just its owner, and its general manager was fired. Burkhart's closed its doors in February.

Penna and McDonald announced during the annual Easter Drag Races event that they had closed on a deal to buy the bar, and they've been instituting changes and updates ever since. Patrons got a first look at the space during a soft opening in May.

Photos by Russ Youngblood

THE LATEST

LGBTQ lawmaker launches historic run for Georgia lt. governor

Georgia state Rep. Renitta Shannon launched her campaign for lieutenant governor on Monday, setting the stage for what would be a groundbreaking election in...

Photos: AIDS Walk Atlanta’s triumphant return to Piedmont Park

With a few changes and a whole year off due to COVID, the venerable AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run blew into Midtown on...

Sorry but your #Instacrush probably doesn’t want to date you

"Sometimes I feel like he’s a messy flirt, starved for attention. Other times, he might not respond at all, then I wonder if maybe he’s the strong silent type that I actually need."

This small-town Georgia official has been out and proud for 55 years

Hamilton, Ga., Mayor Pro Tem Ransom Farley was around 11 or 12 years old when his grandmother told him he was “special.” He realized what...

Calling trans men out of invisibility and into queer legend

When Q listed LGBTQ legends, transgender men who “most everyone knows and will remember forever” proved difficult to bring to mind. I consulted a trans male friend.
17,446FansLike
7,001FollowersFollow
7,682FollowersFollow

PHOTO GALLERIES