Support Reopening Former Irene’s Cabaret

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Hello! Do you support a safe space, where you can dance the night away with the one you love without any airs or personas? Do you want to do it in an elevated atmosphere with great service? Do you miss the mirrors and music? The shows? Do you want to visit a place where we can celebrate our vibrant communities history while welcoming everyone in LGBTQ, their friends, family, and other like-minded individuals?

This is it! Our cover may be higher, but you won’t mind! This will be the place to be at 11p. Well decorated, clean, upscale and entertaining with plenty of seating, room to dance, and the best nightlife entertainment in town. Yes this includes regular fabulous drag shows and competitions!

We are proud to say that with a new owner comes positive change. The most important change, the entrance. Born out of a time when many could not be seen even entering a gay establishment without facing serious consequences, the rear entrance will no longer be used. This is 2018 and after 36 years patrons will proudly enter the property’s front door. This will not only signify how far we have come as a community but mitigate concerns about inside noise escaping with opening and closing of the front door.

We will have adequate security, and a zero tolerance policy on underage drinking and unruly patrons. We will partner with the Quincy Police Department and encourage walkthroughs as we have and as any nightclub should. 

There is an understanding the past owners of this establishment at one time had issues with trash left in public spaces. We can assure that with is a non issue in our eyes. Staff will be in place to ensure proper care and cleanup in all necessary areas. 

Given the increased use of rideshare technology and growth of diverse tenants in the downtown area that will opt to walk, we do not expect outside noise to be an issue. Full disclosure-there is a desire to rehab the upper floors and create elevated lofts: the view is beautiful. We have every intention of only positively contributing to our neighborhood. We would take any necessary steps if noise outside were ever to become an issue. Although we have heard from past tenants in the immediate area that it was not a problem. They liked living close to a place they were frequenting.

That being said there are some who still may believe we will have a negative impact on the neighborhood. If that is so, please consider this. All property owners who are required to receive notice of the special permit application owned their properties prior to the closure of the former Irene’s Cabaret which had operated in that location for 36 years. Some of the most recently completed upper units in the neighborhood were rented for the first time while this club was in full operation. Everyone’s favorites Thyme Square and Krazy Kakes where running successfully in their original locations right at the end of the block. 

The structure of this keystone building is currently deteriorating in a portion towards the rear. Contractors are ready to begin phase one of construction.

The history of this location also makes it special to the type of business we are trying to operate. Irene/Willie was an individual, who in the face of adversity, operated the establishment successfully for 36 years. He will be honored as a pioneer for LGBTQ business owners. By simply operating this establish during the time he did, and the people who supported the nightclub, blazed a trail for people like ourselves to be able to freely do this today. You can forget about the history of a place and what it means to so many or you can celebrate it. We plan on celebrating it every Friday and Saturday night.

Please sign on so we can show our alderman our community does exist here in this medium-sized midwest town and this is what we want.

Thank you.


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