January 8, 2014 at 1:30 pm EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Rehoboth leather bar closes
Leather Pride, gay news, Washington Blade

(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The L Bar, formerly known as the Double L, a popular gay bar located just outside the city limits of Rehoboth Beach, Del., that catered to the leather community closed its doors for good following a New Year’s Eve party last week.

The Blade was unable to immediately reach the bar’s co-owners, Mark Fernstrom and John Meng.

A search of the address for the building in which L Bar has operated for close to 20 years shows that the building along with the business and its contents are on the market at a selling price of $2.1 million.

“Great opportunity to acquire prime commercial property & business on Rehoboth Ave!” a real estate listing for the building says. “3,600 square feet building including patio and plenty of parking [and] rare and valuable tavern license (no food sales required!)…Two income producing apartments included. All assets and inventory convey,” the listing says.

Fernstrom and Meng operated a gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village before they moved to Rehoboth to open the Double L.

One source said the two still own the real estate but sold the business to another operator who plans to open a new bar in the location that would not cater exclusively to the gay community. That account could not be immediately confirmed.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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