The fit-starts of spring weather and a fresh season of Hotlanta Softball League were a fitting pair for Midtown Moon on Saturday. That’s because the Ansley II gay bar has some fresh blood of its own. New ownership took over the bar late last month.
Despite weekend weather colder than anyone wanted for mid-March, the HSL teams turned out for the league’s annual Jersey Party on Saturday. A bottomless beer bust greeted players and coaches sporting trying on their new 2022 uniforms before Sunday’s Opening Day of action.
In our photo gallery below, catch up with the fun. Hotlanta Softball League games continue each Sunday in multiple divisions through summer. The league also plans its Big Peach national tournament over Memorial Weekend.
What you may also notice in our photos are a few slow changes in the background at Midtown Moon. Physical updates are part of a plan with the bar’s new majority owners, HV Entertainment out of Dallas, Texas.
In a press release dated March 3, HV principals Arthur Hood and Erwing Villanueva said they are already in charge of the day-to-day operations.
“We are excited to revitalize this staple of Midtown Atlanta nightlife and restore it to its former glory while also doing away with past shortcomings,” Hood said in a prepared statement. “These long overdue upgrades will allow this beloved social establishment to continue to serve the great Midtown Atlanta community for decades to come. “
A litany of renovations includes new lighting, sound, bathrooms and flooring. The plans also include additional seating and TV screens, as well as a revitalized menu. The changes go down over the next several months without interrupting the venue’s daily operations, which remain daily 2 p.m. – 3 a.m., except Sunday from 2 p.m. – 12 midnight.
Marco Penna, MM owner since it took over the old Burkhart’s space in 2018, is still involved at the bar. HV also owns Zydeco in Birmingham, Ala., Cedar Springs Tap in Dallas, Devilish Current in Lexington, Ky., and Fantasy in Chicago.
Photos by Russ Bowen-Youngblood