The landlord told MSR owners Jennifer and Jami Maguire on Oct. 21 that they have one year to vacate the premises. They announced the news on Facebook on Oct. 30.
“To say we’re disappointed is an understatement,” the Maguires told Project Q Atlanta. “But we’re also excited at the same time because every time we move, it’s been an upgrade.”
Their goal is to keep the bar in Midtown.
“We’re concerned about how many gay establishments have disappeared the last few years from Cowtippers to Joe’s on Juniper and Einstein’s,” they said. “We want to protect this safe space. We’re not going to make a rash decision. We’re tired of saying hey guess what, we’re moving again.”
On the lookout
The Maguires are looking for a space in Midtown that’s at least 8,000 square feet and will come with at least a 10-year-lease. The current location is 5,000 square feet. A larger facility will allow for more private events, live music, drag shows, a bigger stage and more VIP areas.
“We wouldn’t even be opposed to buying our own building at this point,” they said. “We’re not looking for investors or anything. We solely want to do it. We want to make sure My Sister’s Room is protected and secure for the next 25 years.”
The landlord is helping the couple look for the new location.
“They are awesome,” the Maguires said. “They’ve had several meetings with us. They’re trying to keep us in their portfolio. That is their goal.”
The Maguires stressed that MSR will remain open throughout the process and the move to a new location.
“We will not be closed at any point,” they said. “There will be no gap of time where we’re closed down.”
“It’s gonna be an interesting ride, but we’re excited. I think we’re over the initial shock of it. We’re ready to start digging in and seeing what’s out there,” they added.
My Sister’s Room opened in its original Midtown location in 1996 and later moved to Decatur.