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posted Friday, November 19, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 47
Café Metropolitain says goodbye - for now
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Café Metropolitain says goodbye - for now

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On November 13, after five years, Café Metropolitain, a Gay bar on Capitol Hill unlike any other, had its closing-night party. There were hugs and kisses, but tears were few and far between as loyal patrons, longtime bar staff, and owner Quyen Luu looked optimistically to the future.

'It's a venue that was unique. It offered a space for everyone from all ages and all lifestyles,' said Luu, who's been busy all week packing up the bar's belongings.

Café Metropolitain was a place where you could walk in at virtually any night of the week and see Sisters, goths, punks, hipsters, straight folks, and LGBTQ people from every spectrum of the community all together; drinking, laughing, or enjoying a drag or music show.

'It was a place that when you walked in, you just felt like you fit in, without the attitude. It was a place that had different rooms that offered a different feel for different moods, and it was a place that housed a variety of special occasions in people's lives - from birthdays to weddings to community events to just kicking back and having your own space and your own home,' said Luu.

'I feel pretty disappointed about how the situation happened,' Luu said. He was unexpectedly told that he had to vacate the space he was renting on the corner of Boylston and E. Olive Way.

However, Luu says he sees opportunity in what's happened.

He now has the chance to 'find a better place that gives me the opportunity to take Café Metropolitain to a higher level of service & better than what it is today.'

Specifically, noise was Luu's biggest issue at the space. Although Luu is deservedly proud of the quality of the shows and bands he's showcased over the years, because his space was under a condo/apartment building, he had to keep the speakers down and the crowds small. Luu felt that this was restrictive on his creativity as a bar owner and event organizer.

Along with packing up the bar, Luu is assisting his bar staff of about 10 in finding other jobs for the time being, and says that when Café Met reopens its doors, they'll all have a place there.

Luu hopes that he can lock down a new location on Capitol Hill - preferably on Broadway - sometime next year. He's currently still looking for his ideal space, but hasn't found it yet.

In the meantime, Luu still has a few things planned.

'Due to the fact that I can't have fundraisers at Café Met, I'll continue to do them at other places like Purr and Neighbours,' Luu told SGN.

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