Apex, a popular gay dance club near Dupont Circle, had its last night of business Saturday though nobody knew it at the time. Employees found out today that Saturday had been its last night.
“I knew it was for sale and it would be closing eventually but we didn’t have a closing date,” said Joey Oldaker, general manager who started at the club in 1993. “None of us knew it was coming as quickly as it did.”
According to Oldaker, who DJs locally as “Joey O.,” the business has been sold. He said the new buyer wished to remain anonymous and he had “no idea” if the new owner plans to continue as a dance club of any kind. Long-time Apex owner Glen Thompson, who also owns Omega — another P Street/Dupont Circle-area gay bar, declined to be interviewed through Oldaker, who said Omega will remain in business.
“He’s very private about his personal life and his business dealings,” Oldaker said of Thompson.
How had business been in recent years? Oldaker said steady but also not as strong as it once was.
“Businesses come and go,” he said. “We survived the Tracks era, the Nation phase, the Town era. It just got to a point where it was a lot different financial climate in which to be in business in the last three to four years with the economy the way it has been.”
Including subcontractors, Oldaker said Apex employed about 25 people. They found out about the closing today, he said. Apex opened in May, 1983 as Badlands. Oldaker said he plans to go back to school and perhaps get a teaching degree.