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Popular College Station Gay Bar To Re-Open After Fire

Halo Bar College Station- About Magazine

Popular College Station Gay Bar To Re-Open After Fire

(College Station , TX) The popular LGBT bar Halo went up in flames in late July of this year and has remained closed. But not for much longer as owner Jeff Harmon gets the popular club ready to rise from the ashes.

The two story club located at 121 N. Main St in Bryan, Tx caught fire in the early morning of July 18, 2015. The fire started on the second floor according to the fire marshals office from a faulty power strip. Much of the upstairs was destroyed, and the first floor, which hosts a television bar and lounge, had smoke and water damage.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” said general manager Michael Burleson about his reaction when he first saw the damage. “I didn’t think it would be as bad as it was, but when I went upstairs and saw what was there, I was devastated.” Burleson told The Eagle

Burleson said he has worked for Halo for 10 years, and was amazed at how a part of his life could be destroyed in just a matter of minutes. Burleson said he is optimistic about the future of Halo, however, despite the losses and temporary closure.

The first floor is undergoing repairs and is almost finished, Harmon said. Most of what still needs to be done on the first floor is cosmetic, though Sheetrock had to be replaced and much of the inside of the building is “stripped down to the studs.” Harmon anticipates the first floor will be ready to reopen for business within four to six weeks, and the second floor a month after that. According to The Eagle.

Harmon said he plans to schedule a soft opening for the downstairs portion of Halo, and then host a large grand-opening party once the second floor is ready to receive patrons.

“There is no club atmosphere like Halo,” Harmon said. “It’s the Rolls-Royce of clubs around here.”

Exclusive: Video Shows Woman Damaging F Bar Owner’s Cadillac

Exclusive video obtained by About Magazine shows an unidentified woman damaging the owner of F Bar Houston’s car then climbing a fence and gaining access to the closed bar.

It all went down last week on Friday night (January 30) at 2:27am after the bars doors had been closed. With Houston Police officers just feet away, the woman is seen climbing on to the hood of the car and then over a fence. She is later seen returning to her group.

“She did about $6,000 in damage to the hood” F Bar owner Irwin Palchick stated. “It also concerns me that our front door staff missed this”.

If you have any information relating to this woman, or know her identity please contact F Bar Houston.

BREAKING: El Tiempo Owner Releases Statement Regarding Jeff Sessions

El Tiempo Jeff Sessions LGBTQ Houston #BoycottElTiempo

El Tiempo Cantina owner, Roland Laurenzo, has released a statement regarding the Jeff Sessions photo posted on all their social media accounts earlier this evening, as well as the #BoycottElTiempo campaign.

(HOUSTON) – In a story broken by About Magazine earlier this evening, Houston’s once-renowned Mexican restaurant chain, El Tiempo, was met with a great deal of criticism following a photo of restaurant executive chef, Domenic Laurenzo, posing with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The LGBTQ community especially did not react well to this photo, creating the hashtag #BoycottElTiempo on social media platforms. Restaurant owner Roland Laurenzo has taken to social media to make a statement just minutes ago about the photo. A screenshot captured from the Facebook page of the soon-closing Montrose location can be seen here:

Screen-Shot-2018-08-11-at-12.46.02-AM BREAKING: El Tiempo Owner Releases Statement Regarding Jeff SessionsBut patrons residents local to the Montrose location — again, specifically LGBTQ customers — were not having it; and took to the comments section to air their grievances:

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The restaurant chain, which has been in business since 1998 to a well-established Houston restauranteur family — also once having been the family behind Houston’s now-defunct Mama Ninfa’s — was already looking to the closure of the Montrose location due to an apartment complex being built in its place.

Sessions is part of the mastermind behind the separation of immigrant parents from their children which has been the subject of heated discussion lately. He is also notoriously anti-LGBTQ, having worked to enable many states across the U.S. to enact laws allowing discrimination. His wild unpopularity in both the LGBTQ and Latino communities could prove to be a large punch for the El Tiempo chain, which caters to large numbers of LGBTQ and Latino customers, specifically at the Montrose location.

This is a developing story. 

 

Large Fight Leaves Two Hurt – Over 20 Police Officers On Scene At F Bar Houston

Large Fight Leaves Two Hurt –Over 20 Police About Officers On Scene At F Bar Houston
(Photo by Shelby Jeffcoat About News)

Thursday’s Hip Hop Night At F Bar Turned Violent Requiring Massive Police Response After Nightclub Had Closed!

HOUSTONFEB 24 — Nearly two-dozen police officers responded to F Bar Houston early Friday morning to break up a fight in the parking lot. F Bar Houston is located on Tuam Street.

Houston Police describe at least 200 people were in the parking lot of the LGBT nightclub near Helena Street when multiple fights broke out.

Thursday night is the nightclub’s hip-hop night. “It was club patrons that were in the parking lot near and around the food truck,” club owner Irwin Palchick said to About News. “The club was closed, and our security was still on sight when it occurred.”

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(Photo by Shelby Jeffcoat About News)

F Bar Houston’s off duty Houston Police officer, working the extra job at the club had to call for back up. An estimated 20+ officers responded to the call for help.

According to Houston Police, dozens of people fled the scene when officers started arriving. Two men were examined by paramedics for unknown injuries but were not transported to the hospital.

A witness at F Bar describes Thursday nights as very crowed. “There are so many people, all wanting to leave about 2:15 a.m. that it takes a while to get everyone out.”

Houston Police detained several people at the scene, but no arrests were made due to the district attorney’s office refusing to accept charges.