Frankie’s Pub, a vibrant LGBTQIA+ bar located on 10th Avenue, closed its doors last night, just months after its grand opening in June.
Owner Frankie Sharp announced on Instagram last night that “It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce we will be closing the 10th Avenue location of Frankie’s Pub. “
Frankie’s Pub was opened less than six months ago by nightlife veteran Sharp, who transformed the space formerly known as Thirst into a lively and eclectic hub. With a décor that felt like a queer Cheers, it boasted a mix of personal collectibles, independent artist creations and a welcoming vibe that resonated with the diversity of Hell’s Kitchen.
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Sharp cited “ongoing difficulties with the liquor license and the restrictions put on us by the State Liquor Authority” that had made it “difficult and at times impossible for the bar to flourish.” Sharp had hoped to amend the license for the bar to allow for live music, dancing, outdoor seating or even drag performances, but that had not been possible.
“I did not come to this decision quickly or easily… but I am extremely proud of what we’ve built at this first Frankie’s Pub,” Sharp said.
When Thirst was considering closure, Sharp, along with the previous owners, reimagined the space to save jobs and create a unique spot in the neighborhood. The staff that launched the new concept were a blend of Thirst veterans and new faces. “It really became a home, and us… a family,” Sharp said. “I look forward to finding new homes in the meantime for all of the artists we have hosted and all of my employees here.
“Watch this space for upcoming announcements… you know me, I never stop,” added Sharp, indicating that he will seek a fresh start in a new location, potentially in Downtown or Brooklyn.
Hell’s Kitchen’s queer community jumped in to support Sharp on taking the difficult decision. Drag performer Jackie Cox said: “sending you love baby ❤️❤️” and choreographer Charlie Williams said: “Proud of you. Thank you for everything. My favorite spot ever. 💔💔💔”
“So tonight, Come tilt a pint and sing a song with me, Jarvis, Yaz and the whole Frankie’s Pub family one last time,” Sharp said. Cheers…