December 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm EDT | by Joey DiGuglielmo
Omega closes
Omega in a 2011 Blade file photo. (Blade file photo)

Omega in a 2011 Blade file photo. (Blade file photo)

Staff members of long-time Dupont Circle-based gay bar Omega Nightclub were informed today that the business was closed and its building sold.

“I can confirm that,” said Chris Smith, who performed there about 15 years as his drag alter ego Kristina Kelly. He said he received a phone call today (Wednesday).

Oldaker, who DJ’ed there for nearly six years, said he doesn’t know who bought the building or what the plans for it are.

“It had been up for sale for awhile so I definitely saw it coming, I just didn’t know the timing of it,” he said. “If I’m not mistaken, they can’t do anything to the outside of the building. I think it’s on the historic building register so whomever bought it is kind of stuck. It will be interesting to see what they do with it.”

Oldaker, a D.C. nightlife staple who spins as “Joey O.” directed further inquiries to general manager Perry Morehouse, who did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Smith, who also performs at Zigfield’s and Freddie’s, says business there hadn’t seemed down in recent months.

“It always seemed like we had a nice little crowd there,” he said. “I knew it was for sale, but there are a lot of things for sale. This was all rather sudden — like when Apex closed. No ‘We’re-closing-on-such-and-such date,’ just, ‘We’re closed.’ Pretty abrupt.”

Omega was located for years in a large building with several levels and rooms at 2122 P Street, NW in the rear. Its website remained live Wednesday afternoon where it billed itself as “the cutting edge in gay nightclubs.”

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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