Former *NSYNC member Lance Bass is already making post-pandemic plans.
Bass, 41, has reportedly signed the lease to rent out the space in the Boystown LGBTQ district of West Hollywood where the Rage nightclub operated for 37 years.
Bass is already a partner in Rocco’s Restaurant/lounge across the street from the corner of Santa Monica and San Vicente Boulevards. He’s working with some of the same partners in his Rocco’s venture on this new one.
They plan on turning the spot into a new gay club, but no name has been announced yet but, they plan to open later this year.
According to promoter Andrew Scott, the owners of the property, Monte Overstreet and his husband John Cole, were waiting to lease until they found the right person. “Monte and John have been ferociously diligent in securing the perfect businesses to secure the spaces left vacant from the... pandemic and to escalate a revival of WeHo for future generations,” Scott told WEHOville.
After several gay bars and clubs have closed during the pandemic, the area of West Hollywood is about to see a resurgence of the spaces. The property is next door to Gym Bar’s new space opening soon and is a block east of where the new Stache restaurant and nightclub location is.
In September of last year, Robert Maghame and Saeed Sattari, the owners of Rage announced they were closing the gay bar after they were unable to come to terms on a new lease with Overstreet.
According to Scott, the recent promos for a new gay nightclub coming to the area that have been going up on Instagram lately have been about this location. “The biggest gay nightclub in the USA is coming to WEHO this year,” the promos announced, giving a link where interested people are invited to “be the first to know.”
Los Angeles isn’t the only place looking forward to a new gay bar once the pandemic is over. In New York’s Hell's Kitchen, promoter Frankie Sharp is opening a new four-story gay club called The Q. Sharp says The Q will be “the largest queer-owned and operated nightlife venue in Manhattan.” He hopes to open as soon as possible.
“We’ll be ready to open doors the moment we’re allowed to,” Sharp told Queerty, “but I may sit and monitor society and community until we’re all ready to be on top of each other comfortably again. I want to be the answer to our trauma, not continue to be a part of it.”